The Health Policy & Politics Network (HPPN) is successor to the Politics of Health Group that has been run for the last 20 years or so in the form of a special interest group of the Political Studies Association. HPPN has now become independent in order more easily to encourage interdisciplinary working. The change of name has been made in order to avoid confusion with the other ‘politics of health group’.

In its new form, HPPN aims:

  • To provide a forum for the reporting of research and analytical discussion about any aspect of the politics of health, health care policy or health services management; and
  • To facilitate the development of informal and collaborative relationships between academics and interested practitioners working in the above fields.

HPPN is not a membership organisation and has no subscriptions or membership fees. It operates in the following ways:

  • as a blog (https://hppnuk.wordpress.com). It is not at present necessary to subscribe in order to enter the site or to comment on articles or posts, though this will be kept under review and may need to be changed if the blog attracts an excess of spam or abuse.
  • as an organiser of conferences. The annual (September) residential conference of the former politics of health group of the PSA will continue to run, in Oxford as for the last few years. In addition, HPPN hopes to run a one-day non-residential conference each spring, using university venues around the UK. Conference fees will be no higher than necessary to cover costs. HPPN’s philosophy is to open its conferences to any subject matter that falls within the overall remit of the network as outlined above, rather than to identify specific themes or topics in advance.

HPPN is currently guided by a group consisting of Dr Alison Hann (University of Swansea), Professor Steve Harrison (University of Manchester), Dr Chris Nottingham (Glasgow Caledonian University), Professor Calum Paton (Keele University) and Professor Stephen Peckham (University of Kent/ London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine). Our web organiser is Dr Imelda McDermott (University of Manchester). Volunteers to join the group are always welcomed!

In order to subscribe please click ‘Subscribe to Health Policy & Politics Network by Email

If you are interested to post articles or start discussions, please submit the articles/discussions to imelda.mcdermott@manchester.ac.uk. All articles will be moderated before publication.


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