The Politics of European Union Health Policies, by Greer, Scott
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- ISBN: 9780335236237 | 0335236235
- Cover: Hardcover
- Copyright: 6/1/2009
"This book provides a unique insight into what is going on, unnoticed by most, 'below the surface' in EU health policy. It serves as a wake-up call for those who continue to believe that the EU is of marginal interest and relevance in national level debates about the direction of health care. In addition, in an engaging and lively style, it provides essential guidance for students of health policy who seek to understand the labyrinthine processes and the wide ranging unintended consequences - for good and for bad - of EU policy making." Professor Naomi Chambers, Head of Health Policy and Management, Manchester Business School"In this insightful book, Scott Greer describes how European health policy has long been developed in a secret garden, where a small number of people find pragmatic solutions to immediate problems while avoiding the fundamental questions ... Yet the logic of European integration is tearing down the garden's walls, creating a public park where pragmatism takes second place to principles. Something must be done, but it is not clear what. Greer's book will be essential reading ... for anyone who is responsible for organising how health care is delivered in Europe." Martin McKee CBE, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UKThis important new book explains how European Union (EU) developed policies shape and constrain health services. It answers the key questions asked of EU health policy:What is it? Why did it happen? What does it take to influence it and how can it be changed?Using extensive new data, Greer discusses how EU policy is influenced by lobbies in Brussels and by four big member states: France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom.Shaping EU health policy takes information, coordination, nimbleness and focus. The book examines the ways that the successful health lobbies and member states work, identifies weaknesses, and emphasizes the challenge to health policymakers: if they do not influence EU health policies, they will lose influence over their own health systems.The Politics of European Union Health Policieswill be of great interest to students and academics of EU policy and politics, as well as health policy makers.