Transparency and public services outsourcing

Nicolás Brener (*)   Transparency has become a ‘magical word’ in politics, becoming a powerful concept frequently associated with positive values such as accountability, honesty and legitimacy.  Internationally, there has been a “global explosion” of Freedom of Information (FOI) laws, which are perceived to have a central role in resolving the accountability deficit…

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Beyond the SIB Hype: What does the evidence show us? A systematic review of empirical research on Social Impact Bonds.

Antonio Manzi (*)   Seven years have passed since the launch of the first Social Impact Bond (SIB), a relatively new funding mechanism to finance the delivery of social services with private investments. The basic structure of these schemes consist of a specific social issue identified by the government and a non-governmental service…

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Uruguay and New Zealand: are they really cousins?

  Agustín Iturralde (*) Several Uruguayan scholars have been looking to New Zealand as a mirror that shows what their country could have been. These two countries share demographic, geographic and economic characteristics, and until early 20th century, both were among the richest economies in the world. However, during the last century, they…

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Corrupt Practices on the Currency Exchange Control in Venezuela by Citizens, Corporations, and Public Officials

Juan Leopoldo Martinez (*)   Corruption is a major problem of many societies, becoming a common topic in the media where not only politicians but athletes and renowned people have participated in such unethical behaviour. However, the problem has been observed mainly from the perspective of illegal actions performed by public officials and…

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High prices – low evidence: Is the lack of transparency hindering the access to affordable medication?

High prices - low evidence: Is the lack of transparency hindering the access to affordable medication? - The case of Sofosbuvir. Angela Uyen One third of the world lacks access to medicines. During the last decades factors like Intellectual property and the increasing number of new technologies, have posed great challenges for governance in the pharmaceutical sector. The need…

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Gender equality in healthcare access during international health crises

Gender equality in healthcare access during international health crises: a systematic review Verónica Osorio Calderón During the last Public Health Emergencies of International Concern like Zika or Ebola outbreaks, women were more affected in terms of morbidity and mortality rates. The care giving role of women exposes them to infection and does not…

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