Health Policy

An Introduction to Process and Power

Gill Walt

Description

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.
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.

Author Bio

Gill Walt is Emeritus Professor of International Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. How Does Politics Affect Participartion in Health Policy?
  • 3. Power and the Policy Process
  • 4. Setting the Policy Agenda: Who Influences What?
  • 5. The Government Policy Arena: The Heart of Policy-Making
  • 6. Can Interest Groups Influence Government Policy?
  • 7. The International Arena: Who is Driving Policy?
  • 8. Implementation: Do Those Who Implement Decide?
  • 9. Evaluation and Research: Feeding Into Policy?
  • 10. Power and Process in Shaping Change

Reviews

'Extremely useful to health policy makers, administrators, health workers and academics. There is nothing comparable for those teaching on health policy and Walt has done us all a great service by filling this notable gap.'
Judith Justice, School of Medicine, Univesity of California at San Francisco

'Anyone who thinks that health policy is simply a matter of finding the best way to improve health should read this thoughtful and readable book which is illustrated with fascinating examples drawn from real life.'
Brian Abel-Smith, London School of Economics and Political Science

'Clearly written, with excellent examples and explanatory text. It should prove equally valuable to health workers, managers and academics.'
Patrick Vaughan, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

'Up to now there has been no single book concerning the study of the health policy process. Gill Walt provides the tools with which to analyse it. I shall certainly use her book for teaching health planners and managers from both developed and developing countries.'
Carol Barker, Nuffield Institute for Health, Leeds

Details

Publication Date: 1 August 1994
240 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781856492645
Library Edition: 9781856492638

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