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Governing Health: The Politics of Health Policy

Dr. Carol S. Weissert PhD, Dr. William G. Weissert PhD

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ISBN 10: 080185265X / ISBN 13: 9780801852657
Published by The Johns Hopkins University Pre, 1996
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Title: Governing Health: The Politics of Health ...

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Pre

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

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Despite widespread perceptions to the contrary, health care reform in the United States has blossomed since 1965--molded in large part by changes in the nation's chief political institutions. But until now, there has been little attempt to look at health care policymaking from a long-term political perspective. Governing Health does just that.

Drawing on political science research on the institutions of government and the policy process, Governing Health explains how health policy is made. It describes how the Congress, the president, special interest groups, bureaucracy, and state governments affect the process of defining health policy problems and finding politically feasible solutions. It also provides an extensive review of the policies that have governed health care for a generation or more, starting with the passage of Medicare in 1965 and continuing through the national health care debate of 1993-94.

"Sociologists and economists have authored or contributed to a small number of worthy volumes bringing their disciplines' perspectives to the topic of health politics and policy," write the authors, and "while they have much to offer, a gap remains. Politics is more than the sociology of institutions or economic self-interest. Health care policy is politics at its richest and fullest."

"The Weisserts have done a splendid job. This is a first rate book; comprehensive, intelligently organized, even-handed, analytically satisfying, historically grounded, fast-moving, and smart. It is easily the best health policy book I have seen."--James A. Morone, former editor, Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law

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"One of the most important books in health care policy to have been written in years. It demonstrates that institutions and politics do matter. Governing Health is stimulating, thoughtful, and well written. It is highly recommended for all those who teach and study health care policy."—Michael Harris, Perspectives on Political Science

"Governing Health is an important piece of scholarship. It connects policymaking in the increasingly important sphere of health politics to the literature of political science. As such, it is likely to be of interest both to political scientists (especially those unfamiliar with health policy) and policy specialists outside the discipline."—Richard Himelfarb, American Political Science Review

"Even for those who have studied health policy extensively, the Weisserts' book is so thorough (and absorbing) that one can expect to encounter new information, research findings and insights."—Deborah McFarlane, Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law

"A useful textbook for those in medical care with only a passing knowledge of the patterns of federal policy making in the postwar period."—New England Journal of Medicine

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