Banking on Health

The World Bank and Health Sector Reform in Latin America

  • Shiri Noy

About this book


This book addresses the puzzle of why the World Bank was unable to effect sweeping neoliberal health reforms in Latin America from the 1980s onward. Through the use of quantitative regional data together with interview and archival data collected during fieldwork in Argentina, Costa Rica, Peru, and Washington DC, this book argues that the answer to this puzzle is twofold. First, the World Bank has not promoted a uniformly neoliberal, monolithic agenda in health. Second, countries’ autonomy and capacity in this sector shape how the World Bank is involved in reforms. Finally, the book distinguishes neoliberal ends from means in health sector reform and traces changes in “banking on health” over time. 


privatization marketization individualism health sector developing world global ministries of health World Health Organization global health structural adjustment programs normative power market fundamentalism anti-statism health expenditures

Authors and affiliations

  • Shiri Noy
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of WyomingLaramieUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-61764-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-61765-7
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