This book provides a critical assessment of developments in health and healthcare policy. Primarily focusing on the UK, the chapters cover issues such as the policy-making process; the development of the NHS; health care governance; health promotion; and the comparative analysis of health care systems within the EU and US. Each chapter brings together social and political themes to offers a unique combination of theory, historical detail, and wider social commentary.

The Policy-Making Process

The policy-making process

Chapter Contents

  • Introduction
  • Decision-making in bureaucratic organisations
  • Ideal-type models of public policy decision-making
  • Who sets the policy agenda?
  • The implementation of policy
  • A case study of policy implementation: Developing a patient-centred approach in General Practice
  • Summary


As has been discussed in the previous chapter, policy-making is fundamentally a political process involving the exercise of power. Therefore, any analysis ...

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