Governance, Commissioning and Public Health

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By exploring the impact of different dimensions of governance on decision-making, this book argues that governance and population health are inextricably linked. Relevant to students, practitioners, policy-makers and anyone interested in governance and decision-making for public health.

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Drawing on in-depth case studies across England, this book argues that governance and population health are inextricably linked. Using original research, it shows how these links can be illustrated at a local level through commissioning practice related to health and wellbeing. Exploring the impact of governance on decision- making, Governance, commissioning and public health analyses how principles, such as social justice, and governance arrangements, including standards and targets, influence local strategies and priorities for public health investment. In developing ‘public health governance’ as a critical concept, the study demonstrates the complexity of the governance landscape for public health and the leadership qualities required to negotiate it. This book is essential reading for students, academics, practitioners and policy-makers with an interest in governance and decision-making for public health.

Linda Marks is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Public Policy and Health, School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health, Durham University and was formerly a health policy analyst at the King’s Fund. She has been involved in a wide range of public health and policy-related research, including for WHO Europe, and spent four years as a Non-Executive Director for NHS Darlington.

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