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Fact, ideology and logic in the EU referendum campaign

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The EU debate is a minefield, with half-truths and whole-lies coming from both camps. The reason for this, as I understand it, is twofold. Firstly, it is impossible to know what will happen in the event that the UK leaves the EU, or indeed what will happen in five, ten or fifty years’ time if […]

Healthier in: Why being a member of the EU is good for the UK NHS

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Later today I will give a presentation at the Health Policy and Politics Network conference, ‘Policy priorities and challenges for health and social care in England’, at Manchester University. My presentation is titled ‘Healthier in: Why being a member of the European Union is good for the UK NHS’ and this post elaborates on the […]

Regulatory policy and crisis politics in contemporary EU health policy

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Prior to the economic crisis and the inclusion of health in the EU’s strengthened economic governance framework, the narrative of EU health policy was well-established and its development understood to be shaped by a stable set of dynamics. The judgements of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU), the initiative of Council Presidencies and […]

TTIP debacle in the European Parliament

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The European Parliament (EP) descended into disarray earlier this week as MEPs failed to speak with one voice about the way negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are being handled by the European Commission. A key discussion and vote on the controversial trade agreement between the European Union (EU) and the United […]

EU governance 3.0 – in search of a characterisation

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The economic governance framework, established by the EU since the crisis and recession of the late 2000s, presents a new paradigm within which health policy must operate. Distinct from existing models of EU governance, it presents a challenge for health policy-makers and raises the question of a second ‘governance turn’ in EU studies. This post […]

Reforming the European Semester for health – what role for civil society?

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On 28 November 2014 the European Commission announced its plans to reform the European Semester, the EU’s annual cycle of economic policy coordination. This initiative comes in response to sustained monitoring and evaluation which suggests that the recommendations made as part of the Semester, known as the Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs), are not being implemented […]

The Juncker Commission – paying the Health in All Policies principle more than lip service?

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Following a sustained campaign of opposition, the President-elect of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, withdrew his proposal to reassign responsibility for pharmaceutical policy to the Commission’s department for industry in the week before last. Celebrations immediately ensued amongst the public health community, which launched an energetic and well-targeted ‘thunderclap’ campaign to oppose the reassignment and […]

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