This book probably will be most useful to the health professional seeking to learn more both generally and in particular about the politics of health policy governing health also brings together and systematically organizes many of the political scientists most relevant concepts typologies and maxims which add perspective and are useful for their interpretive power. By the time of publication of the first edition of governing health the politics of health policy in 1996 the possibility of national health care reform which had not long before seemed so bright had severely dimmed. The weisserts direct their updated overview of health politics and policy at policy analysts system managers and political scientists in an introduction 7 chapters and a conclusion they summarize and interpret a vast amount of information four chapters focus on institutions congress the presidency the federal bureaucracy and the states a fifth describes interest groups the final 2 . Chronicling these recent important changes governing health explores the political science theory behind this and other major shifts in national health policyin this thoroughly updated edition. They devote only a few paragraphs to public health pp 238 239 326 they address biomedical research in parts of two paragraphs pp 163 166 and they do not describe the politics and policy of air and water quality food safety and those aspects of policy for housing and land use that affect health status moreover they imply that economic incentives and ideology are the only drivers of
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