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The politics of health policy knowledge transfer: The evolution of the role of British health economics academic units

MacKillop, Eleanor and Sheard, Sally 2018. The politics of health policy knowledge transfer: The evolution of the role of British health economics academic units. Evidence and Policy 10.1332/174426418X15378681544353

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Abstract

Economics is now central to health policy decision-making, within government departments and the National Health Service. We examine how and why a health economics academic unit -the Centre for Health Economics (CHE) at the University of York, England - was created in 1983, funded and commissioned to provide research evidence to the British government, specifically the Department of Health and Social Security (DHSS) and its successors. Building on the knowledge transfer literature, we document the origins of this relationship and the different strategies deployed by successive governments and researchers. This paper demonstrates the value of historical methodologies such as oral history and textual analysis that highlight the limitations of existing knowledge transfer theories, by foregrounding the role of politics via the construction of individual relationships between academics and policymakers.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Publisher: Policy Press
ISSN: 1744-2648
Funders: Wellcome Trust
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 19 September 2018
Date of Acceptance: 24 August 2018
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2019 14:57
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/114871

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