Health Promotion and the Policy Process

ISBN : 9780199658039

Carole Clavier; Evelyne de Leeuw
240 Pages
174 x 245 mm
Pub date
Sep 2013
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Scholars and governments recognize the importance of policy development and implementation for population health, but there is a lack of systematic theoretical and conceptual development in the health field to address the issue. Health Promotion and the Policy Process is the first book to take an in-depth look at the theoretical advances in the political sciences, including discussing the significance of political economy and sociology, which so far have made little progress in health promotion development. The book argues that focusing on how public policies work makes it possible to move beyond the more behavioural 'health education' approach, and make the transition from political statements to political strategies. The authors draw from a wide array of theories on the policy process in the fields of political science and political sociology to illuminate health promotion strategies and objectives. For example they discuss how Kingdon's Multiple Streams Model, Sabatier's Advocacy-Coalition Framework and policy network theories can contribute to greater health equity, healthy public policies and community development. Through practical and critical tools, research, and experience-based discussion, Health Promotion and the Policy Process discusses how theories can be used to influence, evaluate, orient or implement health promotion interventions and policies. This book will be essential reading for health promoters who want to make a difference by influencing social determinants of health at the policy level including students, public health professionals, researchers, practitioners, decision makers and those concerned with applied policy research.


1. Framing public policy in health promotion: ubiquitous, yet elusive
2. Policy change theories in health promotion research: a review
3. Coalitions advocacy action and research for policy development
4. Policy change and the social determinants of health
5. Actor-Network Theory: The governance of intersectoral initiatives
6. Emerging theoretical frameworks for global health governance
7. Getting knowledge on 'wicked problems' in health promotion into action
8. Health policy networks: connecting the disconnected
9. Action theory and policy analysis: The ADEPT model
10. Health in All Policies from international ideas to local implementation: policies, systems and organizations
11. Wrap-up: practice a new health political science

About the author: 

Carole Clavier is Assistant Professor in the Department of political science at UQAM - Universite du Quebec a Montreal, Canada. She studies public policies for health, in particular how health becomes a legitimate policy issue for urban and regional governments.; Evelyne de Leeuw is Chair of Community Health Systems and Policy at Deakin University, Australia, and the Editor-in-Chief of the Health Promotion International journal. She is globally renown for her research in the area of the WHO Healthy Cities Programme and continues to be senior evaluation advisor to the WHO European Region in this area. Currently she is developing further relations with Australian and Korean Healthy Cities networks and works with WHO on both Healthy Cities and Healthy Islands. Her publications span two decades of urban health development and policy.

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