Comparative Insights to Advance Political Economy Analysis: A Response to Recent Commentaries

Document Type : Correspondence

Authors

1 ARCO (Action Research for CO-development), PIN Educational and Scientific Services for the University of Florence, Prato, Italy

2 Department of Economics and Management, University of Florence, Florence, Italy

3 Doctors with Africa CUAMM, Padova, Italy

Keywords


We are pleased to advance the debate on health coverage and financial protection in Uganda through a political economy perspective. Firstly, we express gratitude to the authors of the commentaries pertaining to our article “Health Coverage and Financial Protection in Uganda: A Political Economy Perspective.”1 These commentaries serve to draw attention to methodological aspects as well as context-specific political dynamics that impact the outcomes of the analysis. In this correspondence, we present key points from each commentary that we believe facilitate advancing the debate and catalysing a thoughtful analysis on health coverage and financial protection. ...(Read more...)

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  • Receive Date: 23 November 2023
  • Revise Date: 30 November 2023
  • Accept Date: 03 December 2023
  • First Publish Date: 03 December 2023