Case studies of the health policy process: a methodological introduction

Mike Marinetto

in Shaping Health Policy

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9781847427588
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447305576 | DOI:
Case studies of the health policy process: a methodological introduction

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This chapter attempts to set the health policy case study within a general academic context, tracing methodological discussions and debates in relevant disciplinary fields. In particular, the use of case studies within the political sciences, as well as sub-disciplinary factions, has little bearing. The methodological value of the case study to policy analysis and public administration is that it embraces multiple research designs and sources, particularly those which are, though not exclusively, qualitative in nature. As such, the case method generates detailed, narrative-like description, which can be of interest in its own right. In intellectual terms, this methodological flexibility allows researchers to generate theoretical insights.

Keywords: case study; multi-disciplinarity; public policy; policy analysis; public administration

Chapter.  8847 words. 

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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