Health Policy: An Introduction to Process and Power available in Paperback
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Providing an introduction to the way health policies are made and who influences them, this book combines a comparative analytical framework for understanding health policy with a wide range of examples of actual policy choices from North and South. In its exploration of power, the book focuses on the role of the state in the context of interest groups and other actors. It looks at the nature of political systems and the extent to which participation is encouraged. It also explores issues of global influence, asking how far the North shapes health policies in the South. In its exploration of processes, the book asks how issues get on to the policy agenda, what the processes of formulation are and who the influential actors are.
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Table of Contents
1. Introduction The analytic framework - The importance of international health policy analysis - The structure of the book - Caveats 2. How Does Politics Affect Participartion in Health Policy? Why a concern with the state? - Defining the political system - The culture of politics - Exogenous factors that affect policy - Conclusions 3. Power and the Policy Process Power: who influences policy? - Process: what is policy and how is policy made? - Is policy making a rational process - Conclusions 4. Setting the Policy Agenda: Who Influences What? What is the policy agenda - Agenda-setting in politics-as-usual circumstances - Policy change under crisis - Non-decision making - Who sets the agenda? - Conclusions 5. The Government Policy Arena: The Heart of Policy-Making Political parties: promising and delivering? - The role of the legislature: bark without bite? - The executive: is it in control? - The civil service: running the show? - The position of the ministry of health - The judiciary and the military - Conclusions 6. Can Interest Groups Influence Government Policy? The definition of an interest group - Networks of influence: policy communities - Non-governmental organizations as interest groups? - Conclusions 7. The International Arena: Who is Driving Policy? What are the international organizations? - The United Nations system - Making policy in WHO - The influence of member states - International policy networks - Sovereign states or interdependent world? - Conclusions 8. Implementation: Do Those Who Implement Decide? Theoretical models - Implementation in practice - A strategy for implemenation - Conclusions 9. Evaluation and Research: Feeding Into Policy? Information from research and evaluations - How do research and evaluation affect policy? - Objective scientists or interested parties? - Impediments to the use of research - Conclusions 10. Power and Process in Shaping Change Shaping change: power - Shaping change: process