In recent years the pace of reform in health policy and the NHS has been relentless. But how are policies formed and implemented? This fully updated edition of a bestselling book explores the processes and institutions that make health policy, examining what constitutes health policy, where power lies, and what changes could be made to improve the quality of health policy making. Drawing on original research by the author over many years, and a wide range of secondary sources, the book examines the role of various institutions in the formation and implementation of health policy. Unlike most standard texts, it considers the impact of devolution in the UK and the role of European and international institutions and fills a need for an up-to-date overview of this fast-moving area. It features new case studies to illustrate how policy has evolved and developed in recent years. This new edition has been fully updated to reflect policies under the later years of New Labour and the Coalition government. Although written particularly with the needs of students and tutors in mind, this accessible textbook will also appeal to policy makers and practitioners in the health policy field.
Rob Baggott is Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Health Policy Research Unit at De Montfort University, Leicester
Analysing health policy; Party politics and health; Central government and health policy; Parliament and health policy; The media and health; Pressure groups and health policy; Health policy and the NHS; Partnerships and health policy; Health policy and devolution; The international context of UK health policy; Conclusion.
"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." Dr Julie Prowse, University of Bradford
"A very welcome update!" Tracey Heath, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Hull
"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." Dr Jan Quallington, Head of the Institute of Health and Society, University of Worcester
"Rob 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." Ian Greener, Professor of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University