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Towards a politics of health

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Clare Bambra



This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0).


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.

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Author(s): Bambra C, Fox D, Scott-Samuel A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Health Promotion International

Year: 2005

Volume: 20

Issue: 2

Pages: 187-193

Print publication date: 01/06/2005

Online publication date: 18/02/2005

Date deposited: 24/01/2017

ISSN (print): 0957-4824

ISSN (electronic): 1460-2245

Publisher: Oxford University Press


DOI: 10.1093/heapro/dah608


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