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Public health and politics: how political science can help us move forward

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      Towards a politics of health.

      The importance of public policy as a determinant of health is routinely acknowledged, but there remains a continuing absence of mainstream debate about the ways in which the politics, power and ideology, which underpin public policy influence people's health. This paper explores the possible reasons behind the absence of a politics of health and demonstrates how explicit acknowledgement of the political nature of health will lead to more effective health promotion strategy and policy, and to more realistic and evidence-based public health and health promotion practice.
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        Health policy – why research it and how: health political science

        The establishment of policy is key to the implementation of actions for health. We review the nature of policy and the definition and directions of health policy. In doing so, we explicitly cast a health political science gaze on setting parameters for researching policy change for health. A brief overview of core theories of the policy process for health promotion is presented, and illustrated with empirical evidence. The key arguments are that (a) policy is not an intervention, but drives intervention development and implementation; (b) understanding policy processes and their pertinent theories is pivotal for the potential to influence policy change; (c) those theories and associated empirical work need to recognise the wicked, multi-level, and incremental nature of elements in the process; and, therefore, (d) the public health, health promotion, and education research toolbox should more explicitly embrace health political science insights. The rigorous application of insights from and theories of the policy process will enhance our understanding of not just how, but also why health policy is structured and implemented the way it is.
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          Policy, politics and public health

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            Affiliations
            [1 ]Department of Social Sciences, Chair Group Health and Society, Wageningen University and Research, Wageningen, The Netherlands
            [2 ]Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
            [3 ]Department of Health Services Management, University of Malta, Msida, Malta
            [4 ]European Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK
            Author notes
            Correspondence: Marleen Bekker, Department of Social Sciences, Chair Group Health and Society, Wageningen University and Research, Hollandseweg 1, 6706KN Wageningen, The Netherlands, Tel: +31613031597, e-mail: marleen.bekker@ 123456wur.nl
            Journal
            Eur J Public Health
            Eur J Public Health
            eurpub
            The European Journal of Public Health
            Oxford University Press
            1101-1262
            1464-360X
            November 2018
            01 November 2018
            01 November 2018
            : 28
            : Suppl 3 , How to Navigate Political Landscapes: Towards a Public Health Political Science
            : 1-2
            30383260
            6209804
            10.1093/eurpub/cky194
            cky194
            © The Author(s) 2018. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Public Health Association.

            This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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            Funded by: European Union's Health Programme
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            Public health

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