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International Library of Comparative Public Policy No. 7
Health Policy presents the key classic and contemporary articles and will be an important source of reference for health care professionals, academics and policymakers. It sheds light on the values and socio-political factors which underpin health policy, and will be invaluable in helping to assess and compare policymaking processes in different countries. The volume is divided into six sections and within each section the articles are presented chronologically. Thus the selection is suitable for both the beginner and the more advanced student; the beginner will benefit from the earlier readings by observing their cumulative impact on later writings, while the more advanced student may find the more up-to-date articles of particular interest. Section I introduces several basic values which underlie all health policies; section II reviews the socio-economic and political factors in health policy; section III deals with the experience and practice of American health care while section IV offers comparisons with other countries in Europe and also with Japan.
Section V examines the opportunities and constraints for countries' learning from each other and finally section VI raises methodological issues and indicates the challenges which must be addressed in the future.
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'This useful library resource meets the editors' objective "to help analysts of all ages to comprehend the context of foundational values and socio-political factors undergirding health policy as well as to access actual policy making processes in comparative settings". It contains ... delightful articles...' -- G. Ross Langley, Annals of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada