• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

The Health Care Policy Process enables the reader to develop a clear understanding of the scope and objectives of health policy studies, to analyze the extent to which policies can be changed or influenced by those involved at the different stages of the policy process, and to assess both the need and the scope for change. The author considers the relationship between planning and policy, looks at key concepts in analyzing health care issues, and examines some of the debates overshadowing today's health policy agenda.

Views of Development

How do our ideas about poverty and equity relate to the various ways in which people think about socioeconomic development? This question is of great importance, because international trends in health policy have tended to mirror international trends in development thinking. A short account cannot be comprehensive; the aim here is to review some main themes that have run through contemporary approaches to development, in a way that provides a framework for discussion of health policy, and an appreciation of related social welfare measures.

First, what do we mean by ‘development’?1 Development is a bit like the concept of health; it is much easier to say what it is not, than to say what it is. Presumably, for most people, the goal of ...

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