- Health, Social Relations, and Public Policy
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- by Hall, Peter A.; Taylor, Rosemary C. R.
- Governments are often urged to take steps to improve the health of their citizens. But there is controversy about how best to achieve that goal.1 Popular opinion calls for more investment in medical care and the promotion of behaviors associated with good health. But, across the developed countries on which we focus here, variations in the health of the population do not correspond closely to national levels of spending on medical care, and there remain many uncertainties about how governments can best promote healthy behavior.2 Expanding access to health care offers greater promise but, as many chapters in this book note, health care is only the tip of the iceberg of population health.
- Publication Type: WCFIA Working Paper
- Published Date: October 2006
- Field of Interest: Global Issues
- Hall, Peter A., and Rosemary C.R. Taylor. "Health, Social Relations and Public Policy." Working Paper 2008-0036, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, October 2006.
- Working draft for a chapter for Successful Societies: Institutions, Cultural Repertoires and Health, edited by Peter A. Hall and Michele Lamont (under review).