Health Policy in Britain

Author: Christopher Ham
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 9781137013972
Release Date: 2009-06-25
Genre: Medical

Systematically updated throughout, the 6th edition of this leading text takes the story of health policy to the end of the Blair era and into the early years of the Brown premiership. It offers a clear and thorough introduction to the history of the NHS, its funding and priorities, and to the process of policy making.

Public Health

Author: Rob Baggott
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 9781137285843
Release Date: 2010-12-09
Genre: Medical

Public health continues to pose ideological, economic and moral dilemmas for policy makers. For example, how involved should health care practitioners become in ensuring the absence of illness or promoting wellbeing? To what extent should health be a matter of state, rather than individual, responsibility? In this new edition of a highly regarded text, Rob Baggott visits the contemporary debate surrounding public health, exploring the many facets of health improvement and promotion within their historical, socioeconomic and political contexts. Both timely and engaging, the book: ■ examines the successes and limitations of current health strategy and public health campaigns ■ assesses the impact of factors such as lifestyle, environment and socioeconomic inequality on public health ■ investigates international dimensions and global issues including environmental health, climate change and world poverty ■ evaluates the past 13 years of Labour policy and considers the future under a coalition government. Heavily revised to incorporate the latest British, European and international developments, Public Health explores the ever-changing political environment and policy processes that frame current approaches. Now providing detailed analysis of regional diversity within UK policy, this text is core reading for all those with interests in health, social and welfare policy, the development of the NHS and the voluntary sector and the essentials of contemporary public health.

The Politics of Health Policy Reform in the UK

Author: Calum Paton
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137473431
Release Date: 2016-09-21
Genre: Political Science

This book explains the politics of thirty years of ‘market reform’ in the English NHS, with the rest of the UK a counter-factual. Paton shows how each subsequent reform has been shaped by the confusion left by the previous reform. The long-term ideology has been anti-statist but policy-making at each stage of ‘reform’ has been driven by short-term politics. The outcome in England has been ever-increasing complexity in the NHS, with significantly increased management costs and no commensurate benefit.

Territorial Politics and Health Policy

Author: Scott L. Greer
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 0719069505
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Medical

Looking at the divergence in health policy in the UK since devolution, this text identifies varying combinations of market, profession, management and civil society factors which have contributed to the differing health trajectories throughout the UK.

Policy and Politics in Six Nations

Author: Stella Z. Theodoulou
Publisher: Pearson College Division
ISBN: UCSC:32106016169812
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Political Science

Filling a void in the study of policy and politics, this volume blends an introductory perspective to policy making with a traditional treatment of comparative government and politics. The text traces policy evolution and development in individual nations and then discusses similarities, differences and discernable patterns. The straightforward presentation is designed to provide readers with a greater understanding of cross-national policy learning while integrating the study of public policy with mainstream comparative politics. Studying public policy from a comparative perspective, this volume examines the nature of public policy within Brazil, the Federal Republic of Germany, Britain, Japan, Sweden and the U.S. For those interested in understanding the political and governmental setting that produces policy.

The Politics of Health in Europe

Author: Richard Freeman
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 0719042143
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Medical

This book is explicitly comparative, and comparison is essential to the analyses it develops. The book is explicitly concerned with the liberal democracies of western Europe. The countries covered in detail here - Italy, Sweden and the UK, and France and Germany - constitute a purposive sample. The distinction between national health services and social insurance systems is not real, but an abstract formulation which makes a wealth of information more manageable. Choosing these countries makes sense not because they are somehow representative of general types but because, between them, they are indicative of particular sets of problems in the politics of health and health care. The working assumption here is that the public provision of health care is embedded in a distinctively European politics.

Developments in British Public Policy

Author: Peter Dorey
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761949053
Release Date: 2005-11-05
Genre: Political Science

This work provides a comprehensive review of all the key public policy sectors in contemporary British politics. Each chapter is written by a leading authority in their field and includes case studies, discussion questions and further reading.

Shaping Health Policy

Author: Exworthy, Mark
Publisher: Policy Press
ISBN: 9781847427571
Release Date: 2011-10-28
Genre: Medical

This collection, written by leading health policy researchers, examines the role that case-studies play in British health policy, covering key health policy literatures in the policy process, analytical frameworks and seminal moments of the NHS.

Health Policies Health Politics

Author: Daniel M. Fox
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9781400855803
Release Date: 2014-07-14
Genre: Medical

Drawing on a wide range of sources, from popular literature, movies, and television drama to government and institutional documents, this book reveals similarities in the presumptions underlying British and American health policies, while also exploring the distinctive way in which policy was shaped by political culture, class relationships, and economic resources in each country. Originally published in 1986. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

The Politics Of European Union Health Policies

Author: Greer, Scott
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN: 9780335236244
Release Date: 2009-06-01
Genre: Education

The book examines the ways that the successful health lobbies and member states work, identifies weaknesses, and emphasizes the challenge to health policymakers.

Markets and Medicine

Author: Susan Giaimo
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 0472023527
Release Date: 2009-11-16
Genre: Medical

Are advanced industrialized countries converging on a market response to reform their systems of social protection? By comparing the health care reform experiences of Britain, Germany, and the United States in the 1990s, Susan Giaimo explores how countries pursue diverse policy responses and how such variations reflect distinctive institutions, actors, and reform politics in each country. In Britain, the Thatcher government's plan to inject a market into the state-administered national health service resulted in a circumscribed experiment orchestrated from above. In Germany, the Kohl government sought to repair defects in the corporatist arrangement with doctors and insurers, thus limiting the market experiment and designing it to enhance the solidarity of the national health insurance system. In the United States, private market actors foiled Clinton's bid to expand the federal government's role in the private health care system through managed competition and national insurance. But market reform continued, albeit led by private employers and with government officials playing a reactive role. Actors and institutions surrounding the existing health care settlement in each country created particular reform politics that either militated against or fostered the deployment of competition. The finding that major transformations are occurring in private as well as public systems of social protection suggests that studies of social policy change expand their focus beyond statutory welfare state programs. The book will interest political scientists and policymakers concerned with welfare state reform in advanced industrial societies; social scientists interested in the changing balance among state, market, and societal interests in governance; and health policy researchers, health policymakers, and health care professionals. Susan Giaimo is an independent scholar. She completed her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also earned an MSc in Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, with the Politics and Government of Western Europe as the branch of study. After completing her doctorate, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program, University of California at Berkeley, and the Robert Bosch Foundation Scholars Program in Comparative Public Policy and Comparative Institutions, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Johns Hopkins University. She taught in the Political Science Department at Massachusetts Institute of Technology for five years. During that period she won the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics Founder's Prize for "Adapting the Welfare State: The Case of Health Care Reform in Britain, Germany, and the United States," a paper she coauthored with Philip Manow. She has also worked for health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and medical practices in the United States.

Health Systems Policy Finance and Organization

Author: Guy Carrin
Publisher: Academic Press
ISBN: 0123757088
Release Date: 2010-05-22
Genre: Medical

This volume is unique in its systematic approach to these three pillars of health systems analysis will give readers of various backgrounds authoritative material about subjects adjacent to their own specialties. Assembling such comparative materials is usually an onerous task because so many programs possess their own vocabularies, goals, and methods. This book will provide common grounds for people in programs as diverse as economics and finance, allied health, business and management, and the social sciences, including psychology. Gives readers of various backgrounds authoritative material about subjects adjacent to their own specialties Provides common grounds for people in programs as diverse as economics and finance, allied health, business and management, and the social sciences, including psychology

Decentring Health Policy

Author: Mark Bevir
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781315310794
Release Date: 2017-07-28
Genre: Political Science

Taking a ‘decentred’ approach to the analysis of health policy means being attentive to the historical contingencies and circumstances within which reforms are located, the influence of dominant or elite narratives in the shaping of policy, the local traditions and customary practices through which policies are mobilised, and the way local actors contest, negotiate and co-construct policy. This book offers a unique analysis of the changing landscape of healthcare reform in Britain, as an example of decentralized reforms across the developed world. The collection is framed by the recognition that healthcare reform has resulted in variegated and decentralized forms of governance. The chapters look at distinct aspects of reform within the British NHS to bring to light the influence of local histories, traditions, coalitions, and values, in the remaking of a national healthcare system. Each chapter focuses on a different aspects of reform, and in others developing cross-national and comparative analysis. However, each offers a unique contribution and analysis of contemporary theories of healthcare governance. This book will be of key interest to scholars, students and practitioners in healthcare, health and social policy, political science, and public management and governance.

Voluntary Organisations and Social Policy in Britain

Author: Margaret Harris
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 9781137147004
Release Date: 2000-12-06
Genre: Political Science

The last two decades of the twentieth century saw the most fundamental changes in British social policy since the creation of the welfare state in the 1940s. From Margaret Thatcher's radical reassessment of the role of the state to Tony Blair's 'Third Way', the voluntary sector has been at the heart of these changes. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, voluntary organisations have been cast in leading roles on the social policy stage. They are expected to make key contributions to countering social exclusion; to regenerating communities; to providing social housing and welfare services; to promoting international aid and development; and to developing and sustaining democratic participation and the active community. But how are voluntary sector organisations grappling with the implications of their new, expanded role? How is their relationship with the state changing in practice? This book, which has its origins in an international conference of leading academics in the field, provides answers to these pressing questions. It analyses the numerous and complex ways in which the formulation and implementation of social policy is dependent on the contributions of the voluntary sector. It discusses the impact of the new policy environment on voluntary organisations. And it suggests that the successful implementation of social policy requires government to acknowledge and nurture the distinctive features and contributions of voluntary sector organisations. Voluntary Organisations and Social Policy in Britain is essential reading not only for the many people studying, working in or working with the voluntary sector in Britain but also for anyone who is interested in the formulation and implementation of social policy.