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The policy arena

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 and Linda Hill

in Alcohol: No Ordinary Commodity

Second edition

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780199551149
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191720642 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199551149.003.015
The policy arena

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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

Chapter.  5468 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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