Does Democracy Breed Relief?


Michael Touchton

Assistant professor, Department of Political Science
College of Arts and Sciences, University of Miami


November 10, 2016

The rapid spread of the Zika virus is a public health emergency that extends beyond the developing world to Miami and the United States. Michael Touchton addressed the need for local democratic governance and mosquito abatement in Brazil and explored how democratic institutions, local state capacity, and expert-designed social policies affect public health performance.