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Technology policy: childhood immunization

Bryna Sanger (New School for Social Research, New York, New York, USA)
Martin A. Levin (Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, USA)

Journal of Management History (Archive)

ISSN: 1355-252X

Article publication date: 1 May 1999



The recent Childhood Immunization Initiative of the Clinton Administration was a dramatic and ambitious policy response to what we will show is a case of significant management and implementation failure. Interpreted by the Administration as a policy failure, low rates of early childhood immunization met with an aggressive and targeted policy response which ultimately diverted attention away from significant evidence of fundamental problems of service delivery, infrastructure, and parental knowledge and behavior. Analyzes and seeks to evaluate the reasons for the poor fit between the diagnosis of the problem of existing childhood immunization policy and the ultimate policy prescription of the Clinton Administration which relies almost exclusively on reducing the price of vaccines.



Sanger, B. and Levin, M.A. (1999), "Technology policy: childhood immunization", Journal of Management History (Archive), Vol. 5 No. 3, pp. 138-164.




Copyright © 1999, MCB UP Limited

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