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I concur with both the praise and the reservations for the book by Ollila et al. on health in all policies. I particularly agree that the book is weakest with respect to the political determinants of health. However, this observation applies to much of the research done in public health. While the book does well to try and make systematic use of Kingdon's multiple streams framework, I think the public health enterprise can learn a great deal more from work in political science and public administration. As the agenda of public health extends ever deeper into what governments do and why, it would be useful to benefit from the insights of political scientists who have, after all, been studying the state and state action for a long, long time.
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02 July 2014
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