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Making health policy : a critical introduction

Author: Andy Alaszewski; Patrick Brown
Publisher: Cambridge, UK : Polity, 2012. ©2012
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This new textbook opens up the policy-making process for students, uncovering how government decisions around health are really made. Starting from more traditional insights into how ministers and civil servants develop policy with limited knowledge and money, the book goes on to challenge the conception of policy as a rational process, revealing it to be something quite different. Knee-jerk reactions to disasters,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andy Alaszewski; Patrick Brown
ISBN: 9780745641737 0745641733 9780745641744 0745641741
OCLC Number: 769467992
Description: ix, 292 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: What is health policy? --
Managing knowledge and expertise : attempting to create rational health policy --
Competition for money and the limits of instrumental rationality --
Power and influence in policy making : policy communities and networks --
Pressure of events : disasters, inquiries and the dynamics of blame --
Identifying policy problems : competition and claims-making --
How does the nature of modern democracy shape the formation of health policy? --
Ideology and policy : legitimating, bounding and framing --
Impact of the media on health policy making --
So how and why are health policies made?
Responsibility: Andy Alaszewski and Patrick Brown.

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* A thoughtful and insightful textbook introduction to how health policy is made. * Pays attention to the social and political processes which structure what decisions are taken about health  Read more...

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