A glossary of theories for understanding policymaking

Katherine E Smith, Srinivasa Vittal Katikireddi

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    Abstract

    Public health practitioners and researchers often seek to influence public policies in order to improve population health and/or reduce health inequalities. However, these efforts frequently appear to be uninformed by the many empirically-based theories about policymaking that have been developed within political science. This glossary provides a brief overview of some of the most popular of these theories, describing how each: frames the policymaking process; portrays the relationships and influence of specific policy actors; and depicts the potential for policy change (or inertia). Examples of their application to public health are provided to help improve understanding of the material presented. Throughout the article, the implications of the different theories for public health researchers and advocates seeking to inform policy decisions are emphasised. The glossary aims to provide an accessible overview to key theories about policy and decision-making, with a view to supporting public health efforts to achieve healthier public policies. Copyright Article author (or their employer) 2012.
    LanguageEnglish
    Pages198-202
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Epidemiology and Community Health
    Volume67
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 25 Oct 2012

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    Keywords

    • health impact assessment
    • decision making
    • health survey
    • policy making
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    Smith, Katherine E ; Katikireddi, Srinivasa Vittal. / A glossary of theories for understanding policymaking. In: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 2012 ; Vol. 67, No. 2. pp. 198-202.
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