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


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What Makes Health Public?: A Critical Evaluation of Moral, Legal, and Political Claims in Public Health Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Cambridge University Press Pages: 310 Language: English ISBN: 9781107016392 Category:

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.

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'Students, researchers and policymakers interested in public health ethics should engage with this insightful and stimulating, if very demanding, thesis. It forces the reader to think about 'the bigger picture' and challenges taken for granted assumptions about the nature and parameters of public health.' H. Fairbrother, Public Health '... 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

Author Biography

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.