Rich’s research focuses on international development, with an emphasis on social policy, civil society, and state capacity. Her regional expertise is in Latin America, with a particular focus on Brazil. An overarching theme in Rich’s work is how activists outside and inside the state work together to build state capacity for social welfare policies.
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Explains Brazil’s continued success on AIDS treatment and prevention policy by highlighting the ways in which a powerful, autonomous social movement enables the state to sustain transformative social policies over time.
Identifies a new strategy utilized by national bureaucrats to regulate the behavior of subnational politicians: mobilizing civil society as government watchdog and political advocate.
Examines the role that a social movement’s organizing structure plays in determining the tactics it is likely to adopt. The article illustrates the argument through a case study of Brazil’s AIDS movement, acclaimed throughout Latin America for its ability to pursue hybrid tactics for policy influence.
What are the conditions under which participatory institutions increase the voice of marginalized groups in policymaking? Examining the case of Brazil’s AIDS policy sector, this article argues that to fully understand the dynamics of national participatory governance, we must consider the role of bureaucrats.