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Dr. Katherine Boothe studies health and social policy in mature welfare states, with a focus on pharmaceutical policies and public and patient engagement in health policy. Her first book, Ideas and the Pace of Change (2015, UTP) compares the development of public pharmaceutical insurance programs in Canada, Australia, and the UK to explain Canada’s lack of broad public pharmaceutical insurance. Her current research focuses on the role of patients and the public in health policy decision making, and the role of ideas about evidence and legitimacy in health policy decisions, especially during times of crisis.

Dr. Boothe is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and a member of the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis at McMaster University. She earned her PhD in political science from the University of British Columbia.

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  • Public policy

  • Comparative politics

  • Canadian politics

  • Social and health policy

  • Patient involvement in healthcare

  • Pharmaceutical policy

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