History, time and sequencing in health systems and policy
In May 2016, researchers from the University of Cape Town and the University of the Western Cape in South Africa met under the auspices of the Collaboration for Health Systems Analysis and Information (CHESAI) to discuss conceptual and methodological issues, as well as real-life practical examples, related to history, time and sequencing in health systems and policy processes. After this meeting of researchers there was also a journal club that discussed similar issues, but involved a wider audience, including health system managers from the Western Cape province of South Africa.
Below is a list of varied readings related to these topics. The list is by no means comprehensive, but it provides an interesting starting point for learning more about history, time and sequencing - and it contains some great teaching resources.
- Bloom G. (2014). Commentary: History, complexity and health systems research. Social Science & Medicine, Vol. 117: 160-161.
- Coovadia H., Jewkes R., Barron P., Sanders D., McIntyre D. (2009). The health and health system of South Africa: historical roots of current public health challenges. The Lancet, Vol. 374: 817-834.
- Daugbjerg C. (2009). Sequencing in public policy: the evolution of the CAP over a decade. Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 16(3): 395-411, DOI: 10.1080/13501760802662698.
- Goetz K.H. & Meyer-Sahling J.-H. (2009). Political time in the EU: dimensions, perspectives, theories. Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 16(2): 180-201, DOI: 10.1080/13501760802589198.
- Grundy J., Hoban E., Allender S. & Annear P. (2014). The inter-section of political history and health policy in Asia – The historical foundations for health policy analysis. Social Science & Medicine, Vol. 117: 150-159.
- Grundy J., Annear P., Ahmed S. & Biggs B.-A. (2014). Adapting to social and political transitions - The influence of history on health policy formation in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (Burma). Social Science & Medicine, Vol. 107: 179-188.
- Hacker J.S. (1998). The Historical Logic of National Health Insurance: Structure and Sequence in the Development of British, Canadian, and U.S. Medical Policy. Studies in American Political Development, Vol. 12(1): 57–130.
- Howlett M. & Goetz K.H. (2014). Introduction: time, temporality and timescapes in administration and policy. International Review of Administrative Sciences, Vol. 80(3): 477–492.
- Howlett M. & Rayner J. (2006). Understanding the Historical Turn in the Policy Sciences: A Critique of Stochastic, Narrative, Path Dependency and Process-Sequencing Models of Policy-Making over Time. Policy Sciences, Vol. 39(1): 1-18.
- Lindner U. (2014). The transfer of European social policy concepts to tropical Africa, 1900–50: the example of maternal and child welfare. Journal of Global History, Vol. 9 (2): 208-231, DOI:10.1017/ S1740022814000047.
- Luboga S.A., Stover B., Lim T.W., Makumbi F., Kiwanuka N., Lubega F., Ndizihiwe A., Mukooyo E., Hurley E.K., Borse N., Wood A., Bernhardt J., Lohman N., Sheppard L., Barnhart S. & Hagopian A. (2016). Did PEPFAR investments result in health system strengthening? A retrospective longitudinal study measuring non-HIV health service utilization at the district level. Health Policy and Planning, DOI: 10.1093/heapol/czw009.
- Marks S. (1997). What is colonial about colonial medicine? And what has happened to imperialism and health? Social History of Medicine, Vol. 10(2): 205-219.
- Nord C. (2014). Healthcare and Warfare. Medical Space, Mission and Apartheid in Twentieth Century Northern Namibia. Medical History, Vol. 58(3): 422-446.
- Paim J., Travassos C., Almeida C., Bahia L. & Macinko J. (2011). The Brazilian health system: history, advances, and challenges. The Lancet 377(9779): 1778-1797.
- Pettigrew A.M. (1990). Longitudinal field research on change: Theory and practice. Organization science, Vol. 1(3): 267-292.