Regionalism and Well-Being: A Critical Assessment of the Central American Regional Strategy for Health

Cruz, Gabriela (2015). Regionalism and Well-Being: A Critical Assessment of the Central American Regional Strategy for Health. UNU Insitute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies.

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    Author Cruz, Gabriela
    Title Regionalism and Well-Being: A Critical Assessment of the Central American Regional Strategy for Health
    Volume/Issue No. 7
    Publication Date 2015
    Place of Publication Bruges
    Publisher UNU Insitute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies
    Language eng
    Abstract

    There is no slowdown in the pace towards regional integration to facilitate and strengthen political and economic relations. Whether abroad or closer to home, cooperation amongst a group of countries will inevitably enhance their negotiating power with third parties and gain status in the international system. Central America has been attempting to integrate politically and economically on and off for almost two hundred years, and attempts are once again regaining momentum. The region is now confronted with potentially opposing agendas, weak institutionalization of regional bodies, an unorganized shared vision and a complex if not convolute national assimilation of regional agreements. This paper will focus mainly on the most recent regional health document which is the Health Plan for Central America and the Dominican Republic 2010-2015 (HPCA) as well as its two complementary documents; the Health Regional Policy of SICA 2015-2022 (HRP) and the Health Agenda of Central America and the Dominican Republic 2009-2018 (HACA). The main objective of this working paper is to discern whether the involvement of officials in these regional strategies gives rise to increased committed from authorities in improving national health systems and by extension, tangible results in standards of care and quality of life. Moreover, the paper seeks to examine the role SICA plays in national policy formation, and understand the political dynamics among the countries and SICA.

    Keyword Regionalism
    Central america
    Well-being
    Health strategies
    Sica
    Copyright Holder United Nations University
    Copyright Year 2015
    Copyright type All rights reserved
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