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Governing Health

, 408 pages

8 b&w illus.

August 2012



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Governing Health

The Politics of Health Policy

fourth edition

Governing Health examines health care policy from a political perspective, describing how Congress, the president, special interest groups, bureaucracy, and state governments help define health policy problems and find politically feasible solutions. William G. Weissert and Carol S. Weissert provide a highly readable and comprehensive synthesis of political science research on how government and private institutions affect the policy process. Extensive reviews of the policies that have governed health care since Lyndon Johnson's administration are capped off with a prognosis for the future.

Updates to the fourth edition of Governing Health include • new examples and theory perspectives• recent statistics• discussion of the 2010 Obama health reform

William G. Weissert is a professor of political science at Florida State University and a professor emeritus at University of Michigan School of Public Health. Carol S. Weissert is the LeRoy Collins Eminent Scholar and a professor of political science at Florida State University.

"Even for those who have studied health policy extensively, the Weisserts’ book is so thorough (and absorbing) that one can expect to encounter new information, research findings, and insights."

"Weissert and Weissert have written one of the most comprehensive treatments of health care policy in the US... This case study is a must read due to its focus on strategies used by actors."