I was in the process of putting together a reading list for a group of doctoral students who are working on various aspects of health policy and had written down the papers and books that had changed my own practice and thinking. I was wondering what the books and papers where that had had the biggest impact on the work and practice of other colleagues and posted this question on Twitter. The following list (which I will keep up-to-date) includes all the suggestions that I received (a big thank you to Mirjam Pot for her help with the compilation).
Please note that I have not edited this list in any way, e.g. to ensure that all titles are directly relevant to health policy, that the list is inclusive, etc. I list all suggestions that I receive. Thank you to all who responded; if you would like to include a title, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch on Twitter.
The Health Policy Reading List
Adichie, C. N. (2017). Dear Ijeawele, or a feminist manifesto in fifteen suggestions. Anchor.
Alexander, J. C. (2013). The dark side of modernity. John Wiley & Sons.
Alexander, M. (2011). The New Jim Crow. Ohio St. J. Crim. L., 9, 7.
Avendano, M., Glymour, M. M., Banks, J., & Mackenbach, J. P. (2009). Health disadvantage in US adults aged 50 to 74 years: a comparison of the health of rich and poor Americans with that of Europeans. American journal of public health, 99(3), 540-548.
Bacchi, C. L. (1999). Women, policy and politics: The construction of policy problems. Sage.
Ball, S. J., Maguire, M., & Braun, A. (2011). How schools do policy: Policy enactments in secondary schools. Routledge.
Ball, S. J. (2016). Following policy: Networks, network ethnography and education policy mobilities. Journal of Education Policy, 31(5), 549-566.
Becker, H. S. (Ed.). (2002). Boys in white: Student culture in medical school. Transaction Publishers.
Beresford, P. (2016). All our welfare: Towards participatory social policy. Policy press.
Beresford, P., Green, D., Lister, R., & Woodard, K. (1999). Poverty first hand: Poor people speak for themselves. London: Cpag.
Bevan, A. (2018). In place of fear. Read Books Ltd.
Bhaskar, R. (2013). A realist theory of science. Routledge.
Bhaskar, R. (2014). The possibility of naturalism: A philosophical critique of the contemporary human sciences. Routledge.
Black, D. (1980). Inequalities in Health: Report of a Research Working Group. DHSS, London.
Bosk, C. L. (2003). Forgive and remember: managing medical failure. University of Chicago Press.
Britnell, M. (2015). In search of the perfect health system. Macmillan International Higher Education.
Brown, B. (2015). Daring greatly: How the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent, and lead. Penguin.
Butler, J. (2011). Gender trouble: Feminism and the subversion of identity. Routledge.
Cairney, P. (2016). The politics of evidence-based policy making. Springer.
Charmaz, K. (1993). Good days, bad days: The self in chronic illness and time. Rutgers University Press.
Charon, R. (2008). Narrative medicine: Honoring the stories of illness. Oxford University Press.
Childress, J. F., & Beauchamp, T. L. (1994). Principles of biomedical ethics (pp. 197-199). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Clarke, J., Newman, J., Smith, N., Vidler, E., & Westmarland, L. (2007). Creating citizen-consumers: Changing publics and changing public services. Pine Forge Press.
Clarke, A. E., Shim, J. K., Mamo, L., Fosket, J. R., & Fishman, J. R. (eds.) (2010). Biomedicalization: Technoscientific transformations of health, illness, and US biomedicine. Duke University Press.
Clavier, C., & de Leeuw, E. (Eds.). (2013). Health promotion and the policy process. OUP Oxford.
Colgrove, J. (2016). Vaccine refusal revisited: The limits of public health persuasion and coercion. The New England Journal of Medicine, 375:1316-1317.
Cooper, M., & Waldby, C. (2014). Clinical labor: Tissue donors and research subjects in the global bioeconomy. Duke University Press.
Cottam, H. (2018). Radical help: How we can remake the relationships between us and revolutionise the welfare state. Hachette UK.
Crisp, L. N. (2010). Turning the world upside down: the search for global health in the 21st century. CRC Press.
Cronin, A. J. (2015). The Citadel: A Novel. Rosetta Books.
Desmond, M. (2016). Evicted: Poverty and profit in the American city. Broadway Books.
Donabedian, A. (2002). An introduction to quality assurance in health care. Oxford University Press.
Dumit, J. (2012). Drugs for life: how pharmaceutical companies define our health. Duke University Press.
Dunne, P. (2017). Transgender sterilisation requirements in Europe. Medical law review, 25(4), 554-581.
Dussauge, I., Helgesson, C. F., & Lee, F. (Eds.). (2015). Value practices in the life sciences and medicine. Oxford University Press, USA.
Eddo-Lodge, R. (2018). Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race. Bloomsbury Publishing.
Epstein, S. (2008). Inclusion: The politics of difference in medical research. University of Chicago Press.
Ericsson, A., & Pool, R. (2016). Peak: Secrets from the new science of expertise. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Evans, I., Thornton, H., Chalmers, I., & Glasziou, P. (2011). Testing treatments: better research for better healthcare. Pinter & Martin Publishers.
Flanigan, J. (2017). Pharmaceutical freedom: Why patients have a right to self medicate. Oxford University Press.
Foucault, M. (1973). The birth of the clinic. Routledge.
Foucault, M. (1989). Madness and civilization: A history of insanity in the age of reason. Routledge.
Frankl, V. E. (1985). Man’s search for meaning. Simon and Schuster.
Freidson, E. (1988). Profession of medicine: a study of the sociology of applied knowledge. University of Chicago Press.
Fry, H. (2018). Hello World: How to be Human in the Age of the Machine. Random House.
Gawande, A. (2014). Being mortal: medicine and what matters in the end. Metropolitan Books.
Gawande, A., & America, B. A. (2007). Better: A surgeon’s notes on performance (pp. 201-230). Profile.
Gigerenzer, G., & Gray, J. A. (2011). Better doctors, better patients, better decisions: Envisioning health care 2020. The MIT Press.
Gilbert, D. (2019). The Patient Revolution: How We Can Heal the Healthcare System. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Gilbert, S. M., & Gubar, S. (1980). The madwoman in the attic: The woman writer and the nineteenth-century literary imagination. Yale University Press.
Goldberg, D., & Huxley, P. (2012). Mental illness in the community: the pathway to psychiatric care. Routledge.
Grey, M. (2011). How to get better value healthcare? Offox Press.
Harrison, S., & Pollitt, C. (1994). Controlling health professionals: the future of work and organization in the National Health Service. Open University Press.
Hart, J. T. (2010). The political economy of health care: Where the NHS came from and where it could lead. Policy Press.
Hart, J. T. (1971). The inverse care law. The Lancet, 297(7696), 405-412.
Hawking, S. (2018). Brief answers to the big questions. Bantam.
Kahneman, D. (2011). Thinking, fast and slow. Macmillan.
Kalanithi, P. (2016). When breath becomes air. Random House.
Kay, A. (2017). This is going to hurt: secret diaries of a junior doctor. Pan Macmillan.
Latour, B., & Woolgar, S. (2013). Laboratory life: The construction of scientific facts. Princeton University Press.
Lea, T. (2008). Bureaucrats and bleeding hearts: Indigenous health in Northern Australia. UNSW Press.
Leonelli, S. (2016). Data-centric biology: A philosophical study. University of Chicago Press.
Levitin, D. J. (2014). The organized mind: Thinking straight in the age of information overload. Penguin.
Loughlin, M. (2002). On the buzzword approach to policy formation. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 8(2), 229-242.
Marmot, M. (2015). The health gap: the challenge of an unequal world. Bloomsbury Academic.
Martin, E. (1994). Flexible bodies: Tracking immunity in American culture from the days of polio to the age of AIDS. Beacon Press.
Martin, G. P. (2008). ‘Ordinary people only’: knowledge, representativeness, and the publics of public participation in healthcare. Sociology of health & illness, 30(1), 35-54.
Marx, K. (2004). Capital: A critique of political economy. Penguin UK.
May, C., & Finch, T. (2009). Implementing, embedding, and integrating practices: an outline of normalization process theory. Sociology, 43(3), 535-554.
McCartney, M. (2013). The patient paradox. Pinter & Martin Publishers.
McGarvey, D. (2018). Poverty safari: Understanding the anger of Britain’s underclass. Picador.
McGonigal, J. (2011). Reality is broken: Why games make us better and how they can change the world. Penguin.
McGuinness, S. (2013). Law, reproduction, and disability: fatally ‘handicapped’?. Medical Law Review, 21(2), 213-242.
McIntyre, D., & Mooney, G. (Eds.). (2007). The economics of health equity. Cambridge University Press.
McKnight, J., & McKnight, J. (1995). The careless society: Community and its counterfeits. Basic Books.
Miletzki, J., & Broten, N. (2017). Development as freedom. Macat Library.
Mol, A. (2008). The logic of care: Health and the problem of patient choice. Routledge.
Mol, A. (2002). The body multiple. Duke University Press.
Mooney, G. (2012). The health of nations: Towards a new political economy. Zed Books Ltd.
Naffine, N. (2009). Law’s meaning of life: philosophy, religion, Darwin and the legal person. Bloomsbury Publishing.
Navarro, V. (2002). The political economy of social inequalities: consequences for health and quality of life. Routledge.
Nettleton, S. (1997). Governing the risky self: How to become healthy, wealthy, and wise. In: Petersen & R. Bunton (eds.), Foucault, health and medicine, 207-222. Routledge.
Lock, M., & Nguyen, V. K. (2018). An anthropology of biomedicine. John Wiley & Sons.
Otis Webb Brawley, M. D., & Goldberg, P. (2012). How we do harm: a doctor breaks ranks about being sick in America. St. Martin’s Press.
Oudshoorn, N. (2003). The male pill. Duke University Press.
Pickett, K., & Wilkinson, R. (2010). The spirit level: Why equality is better for everyone. Penguin UK.
Pearl, J., & Mackenzie, D. (2018). The book of why: the new science of cause and effect. Basic Books.
Petryna, A., Lakoff, A., & Kleinman, A. (Eds.). (2006). Global pharmaceuticals. Duke University Press.
Polanyi, K. (2001). The great transformation: The political and economic origins of our time. Beacon press.
Popper, K. (2005). The logic of scientific discovery. Routledge.
Porter, M. E., & Teisberg, E. O. (2006). Redefining health care: creating value-based competition on results. Harvard Business Press.
Prainsack, B. (2017). Personalized Medicine: Empowered Patients in the 21st Century?. NYU Press.
Rajan, K. S. (2006). Biocapital: The constitution of postgenomic life. Duke University Press.
Reardon, J. (2017). The Postgenomic Condition: Ethics, justice, and knowledge after the genome. University of Chicago Press.
Rein, M., & Schön, D. (1994). Frame reflection: Toward the resolution of intractable policy controversies. New York: Basic Book.
Rose, N. (2007). The politics of life itself: Biomedicine, power, and subjectivity in the twenty first century. Princeton University Press.
Scheper-Hughes, N. (1993). Death without weeping: The violence of everyday life in Brazil. University of California Press.
Schrecker, T., & Bambra, C. (2015). How politics makes us sick: Neoliberal epidemics. Springer.
Shore, C., & Wright, S. (Eds.). (2003). Anthropology of policy: Perspectives on governance and power. Routledge.
Singer, P. (2017). Ethics in the Real World: 87 Brief Essays on Things that Matter. Text Publishing.
Singer, P., & Kuhse, H. (1990). Individuals, humans and persons: The issue of moral status. Embryo Experimentation, Ethical, Legal and Social Issues, 63-75.
Stone, D.A. (1997). Policy paradox: The art of political decision making. Norton.
Syed, M. (2015). Black Box Thinking: the surprising truth about success. Hachette UK.
Tabarki, F. (2017). The end of the middle: What a society of extremes means for people, politics and business. Warden Press.
Thompson, C. (2005). Making parents: The ontological choreography of reproductive technologies. MIT press.
Timmins, N. (2001). The five giants: a biography of the welfare state. HarperCollins.
Titmuss, R. (2018). The gift relationship (reissue): From human blood to social policy. Policy Press.
Turner, B.S. (1996). The body and society: explorations in social theory. Sage.
Wahlberg, A. (2015). Knowledge of living. Somatosphere: Science, Medicine, and Anthropology. http://somatosphere.net/2014/knowledge-of-living.html/
Waldby, C. (2003). The visible human project: Informatic bodies and posthuman medicine. Routledge.
Walt, G. (1994). Health Policy, process and power. London: Zed.