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  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online publication date: May 2020

7 - Ideology and Healthcare

from Part III - Political Institutions and Health


A large body of the literature in social sciences has documented the influence of ideas on public policymaking. Policy innovation, policy transfer and imitation have been carefully examined for more than two decades (Rose, 2004). However, the evidence on how ideas influence health policymaking and the role of the different stakeholders is rarely included in the standard theoretical approaches of the political economy of health systems. This chapter will attempt to bring together some of these contributions, and identify the specific links with the political economy literature.

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