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Eur J Public Health. 2017 Oct 1;27(suppl_4):40-43. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/ckx152.

Policy, politics and public health.

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1
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.
2
European Observatory for Health Systems and Policies, Brussels, Belgium.
3
Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
4
EUPHA Section on Public Health Policy and Practice, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
5
Centre for Health Equity Training, Research & Evaluation (CHETRE), University of New South Wales, South West Sydney Local Health District, Ingham Institute, Sydney, Australia.
6
Primary Healthcare Cluster of Lisbon North, Lisbon, Portugal.
7
Dondena Research Centre, University of Bocconi, Milan, Italy.

Abstract

If public health is the field that diagnoses and strives to cure social ills, then understanding political causes and cures for health problems should be an intrinsic part of the field. In this article, we argue that there is no support for the simple and common, implicit model of politics in which scientific evidence plus political will produces healthy policies. Efforts to improve the translation of evidence into policy such as knowledge transfer work only under certain circumstances. These circumstances are frequently political, and to be understood through systematic inquiry into basic features of the political economy such as institutions, partisanship and the organization of labour markets.

PMID:
29028231
DOI:
10.1093/eurpub/ckx152
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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