Health Governance in Europe: Issues, Challenges, and Theories

Health Governance in Europe: Issues, Challenges, and Theories

by Monika Steffen
     
 

Health constitutes a core element of welfare states and a vital nerve in the trust relation between citizen and their governments. Focusing on the health sector, this book analyzes the closely interwoven relationship between the European Union and Member States.
The authors explore the dynamic and multi-fold process of de-nationalizing health policies and

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Health constitutes a core element of welfare states and a vital nerve in the trust relation between citizen and their governments. Focusing on the health sector, this book analyzes the closely interwoven relationship between the European Union and Member States.
The authors explore the dynamic and multi-fold process of de-nationalizing health policies and illustrate how European policies develop in a sector that still appears to be under exclusively national competence. They describe the multiple forms and ways the Europeanization process takes, driven by market integration, public health crises and politics of consumer protection. The authors also provide a detailed analysis of key topics: the pharmaceutical sector, market regulation of medical goods and devices, food safety, the blood provision and plasma industry, European politics on bioethics, and risk reduction in the field of drug abuse.
Providing a comprehensive and informed assessment of the Europeanization process in the field of health policies, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of health, European integration and policy-making.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415364522
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/01/2005
Series:
Routledge/ECPR Studies in European Political Science Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : the Europeanization of health policies1
1European integration and health policy : a peculiar relationship18
2The Europeanization of regulatory policy in the EU pharmaceutical sector49
3Bridging European and member state implementation : the case of medical goods, in vitro diagnostics and equipment81
4European food safety policies : between a single market and a political crisis113
5The emergence of EU governance in public health : the case of blood policy and regulation134
6Towards a European bioethics policy? : institutional structuring and political responses152
7Europeanization of drug policies : from objective convergence to mutual agreement174
Conclusion : the new politics of European health policy : moving beyond the nation-state188

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