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Book and Media Reviews
June 6, 2007

Governing Health: The Politics of Health Policy

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Fishbein Fellow.

JAMA. 2007;297(21):2413-2416. doi:10.1001/jama.297.21.2413

The Weisserts direct their updated overview of health politics and policy at policy analysts, system managers, and political scientists. In an introduction, 7 chapters, and a conclusion, they summarize and interpret a vast amount of information. Four chapters focus on institutions: Congress, the presidency, the federal bureaucracy, and the states. A fifth describes interest groups. The final 2 chapters explore the interplay of institutions and interests in the politics of health policy.