Understanding Health Policy

Second Edition

Rob Baggott

Understanding Health Policy

Rob Baggott

Distributed for Bristol University Press

304 pages | 26 tables; 2 figures | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2
Paper $38.95 ISBN: 9781447300113 Published December 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9781447300120 Published December 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Understanding Health Policy explores the processes and institutions that create health policies in the United Kingdom. Rob Baggott asks what health policies should do, examining where decision-making power lies and what changes could be made to improve the process overall. He considers the impact of decentralization in the United Kingdom and the role of European and international institutions in policy creation and adoption. Fully updated, this second edition features new case studies to illustrate how policy has evolved and developed in recent years under New Labour and coalition governments. Although designed with the needs of students and tutors in mind, this accessible textbook will also appeal to policy makers and health practitioners.

Detailed contents

List of boxes, figures and tables

List of abbreviations


1. Analysing health policy

2. Party politics and health policy

3. Central government and health policy

4. Parliament and health policy

5. The media and health policy

6. Pressure groups and health policy

7. Health policy and the NHS

8. Partnerships and health policy

9. Health policy in other parts of the UK

10. The international context of UK health policy

11. Conclusion



Review Quotes
Julie Prowse, University of Bradford, UK
“An essential text for lecturers and students studying health policy. This book comprehensively covers the key areas of the policy making process and includes contemporary examples and case studies from the health sector. It is easy to read, despite the complexity of the topics covered.”
Tracey Heath, University of Hull, UK
“A very welcome update!”
Jan Quallington, University of Worcester, UK
“Enables students to think critically and innovatively about the highly political nature of health and the practice of local and national decision making in health care.”
Ian Greener, Durham University, UK
“Baggott’s book is the most up-to-date and comprehensive coverage of UK health policy—including the effects of devolution—on the market. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand where we are now, and where we have come from.”
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