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Alcohol: No Ordinary CommodityResearch and Public Policy$
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Thomas F. Babor, Raul Caetano, Sally Casswell, Griffith Edwards, Norman Giesbrecht, Kathryn Graham, Joel W. Grube, Linda Hill, Harold Holder, Ross Homel, Michael Livingston, Esa Österberg, Jürgen Rehm, Robin Room, and Ingeborg Rossow

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199551149

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199551149.001.0001

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The policy arena

The policy arena

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(p.227) Chapter 15 The policy arena
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Alcohol: No Ordinary Commodity
Author(s):

Thomas Babor

Harold Holder

Raul Caetano

Ross Homel

Sally Casswell

Michael Livingston

Griffith Edwards

Esa Österberg

Norman Giesbrecht

Jürgen Rehm

Kathryn Graham

Robin Room

Joel Grube

Ingeborg Rossow

Linda Hill

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199551149.003.015

This chapter provides a comprehensive framework to understand the alcohol policymaking process and how it can serve the interests of public health and social welfare. It describes the major players in the policymaking arena at the local, national and international levels. It presents a model of the policymaking process that comprises the institutions, stakeholders, and the environment within which policy decisions are made. One model of the policy process forms a cycle, beginning with an assessment of alcohol-related problems, followed by implementation of evidence-based interventions, and concluding with systematic evaluation and corrective action if necessary. But the reality of the policymaking process is rarely that simple or straightforward.

Keywords:   alcohol policy, policymaking process, social policy, public health policy

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