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A Comparative Approach to Policy Analysis : Health Care Policy in Four Nations - Howard M. Leichter

A Comparative Approach to Policy Analysis

Health Care Policy in Four Nations

Paperback Published: 12th May 1980
ISBN: 9780521296014
Number Of Pages: 340

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This book provides a framework for explaining why governments adopt the policies they do. In addition, it establishes a basis for comparing political systems in terms of their public policies rather than their institutions or political processes. The book begins by placing in a historical perspective the worldwide role of the state as a major provider of goods and services. Following this general background is an "accounting scheme" that brings some semblance of order to the seemingly infinite variety of policy-relevant variables and makes the comparative study of public policy more manageable. It is suggested that any nation"s public policies can be explained in terms of situational, structural, environmental and cultural factors. The second part of the book applies the accounting scheme to an increasingly specific and narrow range of public policies. The author examines one crucial area of public policy - health care - and the evolution of that policy in four diverse nations: Germany, Great Britain, the Soviet Union and Japan. The book concludes with an assessment of the prospects for an American national health care programme in the light of the experiences of these other nations.

Preface
Comparative policy analysis
Introduction
The origins and evolution of the positive state
Accounting for public policy
Comparing policy priorities
National health care policy in four nations
Germany: the pioneer in national health care
Great Britain: health care in a modern welfare state
The Soviet Union: health care in a communist state
Japan: health care in an Asian nation
Summary and implications for health care policy in the United States
Appendices
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521296014
ISBN-10: 0521296013
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 340
Published: 12th May 1980
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.5