Journal Article

Towards a politics of health

Clare Bambra, Debbie Fox and Alex Scott-Samuel

in Health Promotion International

Volume 20, issue 2, pages 187-193
Published in print June 2005 | ISSN: 0957-4824
Published online February 2005 | e-ISSN: 1460-2245 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/heapro/dah608
Towards a politics of health

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The importance of public policy as a determinant of health is routinely acknowledged, but there remains a continuing absence of mainstream debate about the ways in which the politics, power and ideology, which underpin public policy influence people's health. This paper explores the possible reasons behind the absence of a politics of health and demonstrates how explicit acknowledgement of the political nature of health will lead to more effective health promotion strategy and policy, and to more realistic and evidence-based public health and health promotion practice.

Keywords: politics; policy; health determinants

Journal Article.  3403 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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