Public Health Policy / Edition 1

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This volume provides a new and innovative overview of the key debates relating to public health policy in the UK and sets out the policy implications for the future, offering a way forward based on the concept of managing for health.

* A timely and innovative overview of the key debates relating to public health policy in the UK.

* explains that health-care services are not the principal determinants of health, and asks why, therefore, they absorb the bulk of resources and attention of policy-makers.

* Argues that a paradigm shift is needed if current health policy biases are to be confronted.

* Uses examples from Europe and Canada, where a similar policy imbalance exists.

* Sets out the policy implications for the future and offers a way forward based on the concept of managing for health.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Hunter provides a map of the recent history of public health andits link to health policy. His analysis of the twentieth-centurypublic health profession and its weaknesses leads him to suggestnew solutions for management and public health which shift thefocus to health. This book makes an important contribution to thedebate on raising the profile of health as an outcome of healthpolicy. I can recommend it to all those interested in healthmanagement, policy or pubic health as a thoughtful analysis and aprovocative challenge."

Sian Griffiths, University of Oxford

"Thoughtful, analytic and tough minded. David Hunter’sfeeling for what makes health policy tick has been successfullyapplied to public health. Recommended reading for everyoneinterested in making health policy work for the better."

Geof Rayner, Chairman of the UK Public HealthAssociation

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745626475
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/17/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

David Hunter is a Professor of Health Policy and Management at the School for Health, University of Durham.

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Table of Contents

List Of Figures And Boxes.



1. Introduction And Approach:.

Some ‘Simple Truths’ About Health Systems.

Policy Dilemmas And ‘Wicked Issues’.

The Politics Of Health Policy.

The Depoliticisation Of Health Policy.

Plan Of Book.

2. The Relationship Between Health And Health Care:.


Defining Health.

The Emergence Of The New Public Health.

Barriers To Progress.

Some Lessons From Lalonde.

The Post-Lalonde Era.

The UK Experience.


3. Managing Medicine:.


Managing For What?.

The New Rationalism And Health.

The Rise Of Managerialism In Health Policy.

Managing Doctors.

Criticisms Of New Public Management.

Implications For Health Policy.

Last Word: Medicine, Management And Health.

4. Managing For Health:.


What Is Public Health?.

The Evolution Of The Public Health Function.

Public Health: A Specialty Or An Arena?.

A Response To Implementation Failure.

Approaches To Joined-Up Policy And Practice.


5. Health Policy In A Devolved Polity Within Europe:.


The Impact Of Devolution.

The Impact Of Europe.


6. Moving Out Of The Ghetto:.


That Is To Be Done?.

Towards Implementing A Policy For Health.

Managerial Capacity Building.

Last Word.



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