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Shaping Health Policy: Case Study Methods and Analysis

Mark Exworthy, Stephen Peckham, Martin Powell, and Alison Hann


This book examines the role that case studies play in understanding and explaining British health policy. Overall, the chapters cover the key health policy literatures in terms of the policy process, analytical frameworks and some of the seminal moments of the NHS. They have been written by health policy researchers in sociology, social policy, management and organisation studies. The book explores and promotes the case study as an under-used method and thereby encourages a more reflective approach to policy learning by practitioners and academics.

Keywords: case studies, British health policy, health policy literatures, policy process, analytical frameworks, NHS, health policy researchers, sociology, social policy, policy learning

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9781847427588
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847427588.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Exworthy, editor

Stephen Peckham, editor

Martin Powell, editor

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Part One

One Case studies in health policy: an introduction

Mark Exworthy, and Martin Powell

Three NHS birthing pains

Martin Powell

Nine The 1983 Griffiths Inquiry

Fraser Macfarlane, Mark Exworthy, and Micky Willmott

Fourteen Patient choice: a contemporary policy story

Stephen Peckham, and Marie Sanderson

Part Five

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