Health Governance in Europe: Issues, Challenges, and Theories

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Overview

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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Meet the Author

Monika Steffen is Research Director at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and is affiliated to the Institut d'Études Politiques de Grenoble, University Pierre-Mendès France in Grenoble, France.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : the Europeanization of health policies 1
1 European integration and health policy : a peculiar relationship 18
2 The Europeanization of regulatory policy in the EU pharmaceutical sector 49
3 Bridging European and member state implementation : the case of medical goods, in vitro diagnostics and equipment 81
4 European food safety policies : between a single market and a political crisis 113
5 The emergence of EU governance in public health : the case of blood policy and regulation 134
6 Towards a European bioethics policy? : institutional structuring and political responses 152
7 Europeanization of drug policies : from objective convergence to mutual agreement 174
Conclusion : the new politics of European health policy : moving beyond the nation-state 188
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