Basic sanitation in Brazil

September 2016

The paper Basic sanitation policy in Brazil: discussion of a path, written by Fiocruz researchers Ana Cristina A. de Sousa and Nilson do Rosário Costa demonstrates that the state sanitation companies dictates the public policy decision-making for sanitation in Brazil.

The basic idea of this study is that public sanitation policies are strongly influenced by actors, interests, and institutions, which explains their poor performance in recent decades.

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Without intending to cover every aspect of the debate, this study has attempted to identify the main actors and critical junctures in the decision-making processes for this sector in Brazil.

The use of path dependence has proved helpful for identifying the historical roots of the structure and the inertia of the recent political configuration of Brazil’s sanitation sector, which began with the imposition of the National Sanitation Plan in 1971.

Read the new issue of HCS-Manguinhos (vol.23 no.3 Rio de Janeiro July/Sept. 2016).

More on Sanitation in HCS-Manguinhos:

Hoefte, Rosemarijn. Cleansing the world of the germ of laziness: hygiene, sanitation, and the Javanese population in Suriname. Hist. cienc. saude-Manguinhos, Dec 2014, vol.21, no.4, p.1437-1455. ISSN 0104-5970

Pemberton, Rita. Dirt, disease and death: control, resistance and change in the post-emancipation CaribbeanHist. cienc. saude-Manguinhos, Dec 2012, vol.19, suppl.1, p.47-58. ISSN 0104-5970


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