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Revista de Salud Pública

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CARDONA, álvaro; NIETO, Emmanuel  and  MEJIA, Luz M. A governance approach applied to analysing research into unemployed workers in the city of Medellin in Colombia. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2010, vol.12, suppl.1, pp.123-137. ISSN 0124-0064.

Objective Performing an academic exercise aimed at applying the analytical categories from the governance approach developed by Marc Hufty et al., to understand social actors’ relationships in an investigation and intervention project studying so-cioeconomic conditions and seeking to guarantee health insurance continuity for those workers who had lost their work in the city of Medellin, Colombia, from 2004 to 2007. Methodology A process of investigation and intervention was examined as a casestudy in which researchers were one of the actors so involved. Characterising stake-holders included: their level of inclusion/involvement in the problem; their power for influencing public policy proposals; their perceptions and proposals’ characteristics, power and dynamics regarding the problem of unemployment and health insurance when someone has lost her/his work; and the characteristics of their interaction with other actors. Results The results showed that the four analytical dimensions proposed by Hufty (actors, social norms, nodal points and processes) were useful for describing and understanding the interaction of the actors involved in the research and intervention proposal being analysed here (i.e. the case-study). Conclusions It was concluded that the analytical governance framework proposed by Hufty was useful for understanding how the social subjects interacted; these were the rules which were taken for describing their interaction, being the most important nodes for interaction and progresses achieved whilst implementing the intervention proposal.

Keywords : Governance; government; unemployment; public policy; social security; insurance; health; Colombia.

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