Governing Health: The Politics of Health Policy, 3rd Edition
Carol S. Weissert PhD, William G. Weissert PhD
Softcover: 360+ pages
The Johns Hopkins University Press
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"No other book offers a better overview of what every health professional or anyone who is intensely interested in health affairs should know about the politics of policymaking." - Daniel M. Fox, JAMA
"One of the most important books in health care policy to have been written in years." - Michael Harris, Perspectives on Political Science
"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." - Theodore R. Marmor, New England Journal of Medicine
Governing Health examines health care policy making from a long-term, political perspective, describing how Congress, the president, special interest groups, bureaucracy, and state governments help define health policy problems and find politically feasible solutions.
The third edition of this pathbreaking book is updated to cover recent legislative efforts, including the Medicare prescription drug benefit.
"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
Carol S. Weissert is Collins Eminent Scholar and chair of Civic Education and Political Science at Florida State University. William G. Weissert is a professor of political science at Florida State University and a professor emeritus at University of Michigan School of Public Health.
Table of Contents:
Acknowledgments Introduction 1 I Health Policy and Institutions 1 Congress 15 2 The Presidency 72 3 Interest Groups 110 4 Bureaucracy 154 5 States and Health Care Reform 192 II Health and the Policy Process 6 The Policy Process 245 7 Applying Theory to Reality: The Case of the Balanced Budget Act 281 Conclusion 318 List of Abbreviations 329 References 331 Index 361
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