The Convergence of Science and Governance: Research, Health Policy, and American States / Edition 1

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Overview


Daniel M. Fox gives an incisive assessment of the critical collaboration between researchers and public officials that has recently emerged to evaluate the effectiveness and comparative effectiveness of health services. Drawing on research as well as his first-hand experience in policymaking, Fox's broad-ranging analysis describes how politics, public finance and management, and advances in research methods made this convergence of science and governance possible. The book then widens into a sweeping history of central issues in research on health services and health governance during the past century. Returning to the past decade, Fox looks closely at how policy informed by research has been made and implemented in public programs that cover pharmaceutical drugs in most American states. This case study illuminates how politics has informed the questions, methods, and reception of research on health services, and also sheds new light on how research has informed politics and public management. Looking toward the future, Fox describes the promise, as well as the fragility, of the convergence of science and governance, making his book essential reading for those struggling to revise health care in the United States over the next several years.
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Editorial Reviews

Journal Of Family & Consumer Sciences

“This book will certainly be stimulating.”
Bulletin Of The History Of Medicine

“More than any scholar writing, Daniel Fox has set readers on that path of understanding.”
Health Affairs

“Comprehensive array of useful research.”
Jama - John L. Zeller

“Well-researched, well-documented, and well-written book. . . . It deserves the close attention of policy makers and others interested in these issues.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520262386
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 2/17/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author


Daniel M. Fox is President Emeritus of the Milbank Memorial Fund. His previous books include Power and Illness: The Failure and Future of American Health Policy; Health Policy, Health Politics: The British and American Experience (1911-1965); and The Discovery of Abundance: Simon Patten and the Transformation of Social Theory, which won the Beveridge Prize of the American Historical Association.
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Table of Contents


Preface: Converging Stories
Acknowledgments

1. Why Convergence? Why Now?
2. Research on Health Services and the Politics of Health
3. The Competence of States in Health Policy
4. The Drug Effectiveness Review Project
5. Can Convergence be Sustained?

Notes
Index

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