Health Policy

An Introduction to Process and Power

Gill Walt

Health Policy

Gill Walt

Distributed for Zed Books

240 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5
Paper $44.95 ISBN: 9781856492645 Published August 1994 For sale in North and South America only
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
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