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Health Promotion and the Policy Process$
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Carole Clavier and Evelyne de Leeuw

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199658039

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658039.001.0001

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Framing public policy in health promotion: ubiquitous, yet elusive

Framing public policy in health promotion: ubiquitous, yet elusive

(p.1) Chapter 1 Framing public policy in health promotion: ubiquitous, yet elusive
Health Promotion and the Policy Process

Carole Clavier

Evelyne de Leeuw

Oxford University Press

The health promotion field has been emphasizing the importance of public policy to effectively addressing the macro-level determinants of health. However, translating this need into action has proven challenging. In this chapter, we examine the unique characteristics of public policy and the policy process that explain why the health promotion community has been struggling with this call. We show how public policy processes are complex and iterative, and how they obey a rationality all their own, and hence require specific analyses and theories. We also present the chapters that comprise this book and underline their distinctive contributions to this field of knowledge and practice. The work presented in these chapters shows how theories on the policy process are powerful allies in understanding not only whether public policies work, but mostly how they work, thus providing invaluable practical and critical knowledge to health promoters.

Keywords:   policy process, policy making, policy change, theory, health promotion, healthy public policy

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