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Sugar tax: the fiscalisation of childhood obesity?

Werner, V.W. (2017) Sugar tax: the fiscalisation of childhood obesity?

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Abstract:This project offers new insights into the way that sugar sweetened beverage taxation, a real innovation in policy making, rose to the political agenda and was shaped by the interaction of industry, civil society, medical experts, public administrators, and members of parliament. The study builds on key policy documents and their analysis with an emphasis on problem frames and reconstruction of argumentation (Toulmin-model based analysis). The aim of the study is to analyse the richness of argumentation, the rationales policy makers followed and to reconstruct part of the policy making process. The key take home messages are threefold. Firstly, that sugar sweetened beverage taxation is a manifestation of the understanding that obesity is a public concern, which constitutes a shift away from the notion of relying on self-responsibility for obesity prevention. Secondly, that its advocates see the sugar levy not only as a revenue generator but hope for direct impacts on public health. Thirdly, that there was a considerable silence on the socio-technological implications of the sugar tax in the literature and the policy debate. In respect thereof, this project hopefully encourages more research on the matter.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
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