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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.

Approaches to Policy Studies
Approaches to policy studies
What Kinds of Policy Study are Possible?

It is appropriate to start this discussion by commenting on the range of policy studies to be considered. A broad distinction might be made between those methods and approaches which are suitable for analytical studies of policy intended to further academic work in the health policy/ social policy area, or to add to broad public debate, as against policy studies which the health service manager might want to develop in order to strengthen the policy process from within. This is similar to the distinction made by Ham and Hill (1984) who talk about analysis of policy and analysis for policy. In other words, it is recognised that some studies are conducted from ...

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