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Katherine Boothe studies health and social policy in mature welfare states, with a focus on pharmaceutical policies. She has published a book, Ideas and the Pace of Change (2015, UTP) on the development of public pharmaceutical insurance programs in Canada, Australia, and the UK. It argues Canada’s lack of broad public pharmaceutical insurance can be explained by early decisions to take a slow, step-wise approach to health policy development. Her current research focuses on changes in drug assessment and reimbursement policies. She is particularly interested in 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.

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.



  • Public policy

  • Comparative politics

  • Canadian politics

  • Social and health policy

  • Patient involvement in healthcare

  • Pharmaceutical policy