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What Makes Health Public?
A Critical Evaluation of Moral, Legal, and Political Claims in Public Health

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  • Date Published: February 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107602410

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  • John Coggon argues that the important question for analysts in the fields of public health law and ethics is 'what makes health public?' He offers a conceptual and analytic scrutiny of the salient issues raised by this question, outlines the concepts entailed in, or denoted by, the term 'public health' and argues why and how normative analyses in public health are inquiries in political theory. The arguments expose and explain the political claims inherent in key works in public health ethics. Coggon then develops and defends a particular understanding of political liberalism, describing its implications for critical study of public health policies and practices. Covering important works from legal, moral, and political theory, public health, public health law and ethics, and bioethics, this is a foundational text for scholars, practitioners and policy bodies interested in freedoms, rights and responsibilities relating to health.

    • Functions as both a foundational text and as an analytic critique to those interested in public health ethics and public health law
    • Develops a 'self-aware' methodological approach to engagement with political theory, allowing readers to evaluate the complex issues involved in the development and assessment of moral, legal and political claims
    • Demonstrates and evaluates the broad nature and scope of public health's apparent 'jurisdiction' and responds to those concerned about public health's 'overreach' and those concerned that important health-related issues should not be lost in analysis or ignored by policy-makers
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    Prizes

    • Highly Commended, Health and Social Care Category, British Medical Association Book Awards 2013

    Reviews & endorsements

    "… Coggon’s achievement is substantial. What Makes Health Public? provides a carefully argued examination of the normative bases for public health policies."
    Wendy E. Parmet, Medical Law Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107602410
    • length: 310 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 151 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. Basic Concepts and Public Health:
    1. Health, normativity, and politics
    2. The public, and things being public
    3. The seven faces of public health
    4. Public health policy
    5. Public health law and ethics
    6. Conclusion to Part I
    Part II. Evaluating Evaluations: Making Health Public:
    7. Analysis in the political realm
    8. Making health public
    9. Conclusion to Part II
    Part III. Tackling Responsibility: Liberal Citizens as Subjects and Sovereigns:
    10. Liberal citizens: defining non-individuated individuals
    11. Health made public: rights, R=responsibilities and shared concerns
    12. Conclusion.

  • Author

    John Coggon, University of Southampton
    John Coggon is a research fellow in the School of Law, University of Manchester. His research focuses principally on legal, moral and political issues relating to health and welfare. He was the winner of the 2006 Mark S. Ehrenreich Prize in Healthcare Ethics Research, awarded by the Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics at the University of Southern California, in conjunction with the International Association of Bioethics. From 2007 to 2010 he held a British Academy postdoctoral fellowship.

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