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Community health and wellbeingAction research on health inequalities$
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Steve Cropper, Alison Porter, and Gareth Williams

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348180

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348180.001.0001

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‘Policy experiments’: policy making, implementation and learning

‘Policy experiments’: policy making, implementation and learning

(p.23) Two ‘Policy experiments’: policy making, implementation and learning
Community health and wellbeing

Steve Cropper

Mark Goodwin

Policy Press

This chapter considers the nature of public policy and the ways in which health policy is made in Great Britain. It examines attempts to improve policy making and its effectiveness, particularly against a challenging agenda of revitalisation of welfare and public service. The chapter also evaluates how the Sustainable Health Action Research Programme (SHARP) could be established as both an action and a research programme against the emergence of health and health inequalities as public policy concerns. It contends that policy requires legitimacy other than governmental authority if it is to be carried through.

Keywords:   public policy, health policy, Great Britain, welfare, public service, SHARP, health inequalities, legitimacy

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