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Integrating Science and Politics for Public Health

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Utilizes the tools of political science research to analyse the field of public health

  • Establishes the benefits and methodologies of public health political science as a field

  • Brings together scholars working in political science, public administration, public policy, and public health

  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

Part of the book series: Palgrave Studies in Public Health Policy Research (PSPHPR)

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Table of contents (14 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xviii
  2. Public Health Political Science: Prospects for Partnership

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Introduction: Virchow Revisited on the Importance of Public Health Political Science

      • Patrick Fafard, Evelyne de Leeuw, Adèle Cassola
      Pages 3-14Open Access
    3. Political Science In, Of, and With Public Health

      • Patrick Fafard, Adèle Cassola, Isaac Weldon
      Pages 15-31Open Access
    4. Public Health Policymaking, Politics, and Evidence

      • Anita Kothari, Maxwell J. Smith
      Pages 59-74Open Access
  3. Politics, Evidence, and Policymaking: A Public Health Political Science Approach

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 75-75
    2. Beyond the Public Health/Political Science Stalemate in Health Inequalities: Can Deliberative Forums Help?

      • Katherine E. Smith, Anna Macintyre, Sarah Weakley
      Pages 127-152Open Access
  4. Making Public Health Policy: Insights from Political Science

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 209-209
    2. The Policy and Politics of Public Health in Pandemics

      • Katherine Fierlbeck, Kevin McNamara, Maureen MacDonald
      Pages 211-237Open Access
    3. Mechanisms to Bridge the Gap Between Science and Politics in Evidence-Informed Policymaking: Mapping the Landscape

      • Adèle Cassola, Patrick Fafard, Michèle Palkovits, Steven J. Hoffman
      Pages 293-328Open Access
    4. Conclusion: The Added Value of Political Science in, of, and with Public Health

      • Evelyne de Leeuw, Patrick Fafard, Adèle Cassola
      Pages 329-339Open Access
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 341-345

About this book

This open access book bridges the divide between political science and public health, whilst simultaneously embracing the complexities and differences of both. Although public health is inherently political, the tools and insights of political science are often ignored in public health scholarship. Bringing together academics and researchers working at the intersection of both, the book demonstrates how integrating these fields can help reconcile the roles of politics and scientific evidence in policymaking. It also highlights the key conceptual, methodological and substantive implications for bridging this divide, and charts a path forward for a movement towards political science with public health. It will be of interest to academics, researchers and students interested in public health, political science, public policy, and the role of scientific evidence in policymaking.


  • public health
  • evidence informed public policy
  • public policy
  • global public health
  • political science
  • evidence production
  • policy appetites
  • e-cigarettes
  • pandemic responses
  • evidence circulation
  • 'Health in All' policies
  • public health inequalities
  • Open Access


“This volume is a welcome and timely contribution to our understanding of the realities of public health policy making as an essentially political endeavour. Its sophisticated mix of theoretical, conceptual and empirical analysis can serve as a guide to the complicated challenges inherent in making public policy that accounts for and improves population health.” (Tom McIntosh, PhD, Professor, Politics and International Studies and Co-Director, Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit, University of Regina, Canada)

“The editors of this important book have assembled an impressive group of experts who understand the worlds of both public health, policy theory, and political science. They offer important insights into the challenges and opportunities of integrating these disciplines to the benefit of both.” (Ilona Kickbusch, PhD, Professor, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland; Founder and Chair, Global Health Centre, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland; Director, Kickbusch Health Consult, Brienz, Switzerland)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Global Strategy Lab; Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada

    Patrick Fafard

  • Global Strategy Lab, York University, Toronto, Canada

    Adèle Cassola

  • University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

    Evelyne de Leeuw

About the editors

Patrick Fafard is Professor in the Faculties of Social Science and Medicine at the University of Ottawa, Canada. He is also Senior Investigator at the Global Strategy Lab, York University, Canada.

Adèle Cassola is Research Director at the Global Strategy Lab, York University, Canada.

Evelyne de Leeuw is Professor at the University of New South Wales, Australia

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)