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Public health on the EU agenda, why? The creeping expansion of public health in the European Union

Brage, Mattias LU (2012) STVM23 20121
Department of Political Science
Abstract
This thesis discusses the surprising evolvement of public health onto the EU agenda. The overall research aim is to investigate and develop potential explanations for the process of public health policy making in the European Union. By using Multilevel- Governance, Agenda-setting theory and Policy Networks, this thesis develops a theoretical framework for the research in question. Case study design and Process tracing are used when different documents concerning public health from 1980-2012 are analysed. The importance of convergence of opinion among expert networks in the initial phase of the policymaking process is highlighted. Four agenda setting strategies are deployed (Mobilizing supporters, Arousing interests, Capacity Building and... (More)
This thesis discusses the surprising evolvement of public health onto the EU agenda. The overall research aim is to investigate and develop potential explanations for the process of public health policy making in the European Union. By using Multilevel- Governance, Agenda-setting theory and Policy Networks, this thesis develops a theoretical framework for the research in question. Case study design and Process tracing are used when different documents concerning public health from 1980-2012 are analysed. The importance of convergence of opinion among expert networks in the initial phase of the policymaking process is highlighted. Four agenda setting strategies are deployed (Mobilizing supporters, Arousing interests, Capacity Building and Claiming authority) to illustrate how different actors try to place these issues higher onto the public health policymaking agenda and the difficulties for public health to claim authority on the EU level. Other factors affect the public health policymaking process, such as: external events, the issue at hand, and market harmonization. This thesis suggests that public health policymaking process should best be understood as a multilevel process, were different actors on several levels affect and reinforce each other, in this environment the European Commission acts as the central hub for public health in the European Union. (Less)
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author
Brage, Mattias LU
supervisor
organization
course
STVM23 20121
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Public health, Agenda-setting, Multilevel-Governance, Policy- Networks, Policy- making
language
English
id
2542715
date added to LUP
2012-06-27 10:53:15
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  abstract     = {This thesis discusses the surprising evolvement of public health onto the EU agenda. The overall research aim is to investigate and develop potential explanations for the process of public health policy making in the European Union. By using Multilevel- Governance, Agenda-setting theory and Policy Networks, this thesis develops a theoretical framework for the research in question. Case study design and Process tracing are used when different documents concerning public health from 1980-2012 are analysed. The importance of convergence of opinion among expert networks in the initial phase of the policymaking process is highlighted. Four agenda setting strategies are deployed (Mobilizing supporters, Arousing interests, Capacity Building and Claiming authority) to illustrate how different actors try to place these issues higher onto the public health policymaking agenda and the difficulties for public health to claim authority on the EU level. Other factors affect the public health policymaking process, such as: external events, the issue at hand, and market harmonization. This thesis suggests that public health policymaking process should best be understood as a multilevel process, were different actors on several levels affect and reinforce each other, in this environment the European Commission acts as the central hub for public health in the European Union.},
  author       = {Brage, Mattias},
  keyword      = {Public health,Agenda-setting,Multilevel-Governance,Policy- Networks,Policy- making},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Public health on the EU agenda, why? The creeping expansion of public health in the European Union},
  year         = {2012},
}