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Local health prevention policies in the Netherlands : explaining policy activity

Brinkman, B.J.H. (2020) Local health prevention policies in the Netherlands : explaining policy activity.

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Abstract:Research on local health prevention policy in the Netherlands is rather limited. This qualitative research aims to reduce this gap by identifying how problem severity, political orientation and the availability of potential partners explain health prevention policy activity. The first hypothesis expects municipalities with a higher problem severity to have a higher health prevention policy activity. The second hypothesis expects that more left-oriented municipalities have a higher health prevention policy acitivity. The third hypothesis expects municipalities with a higher availability of potential partners to have a higher health prevention policy activity. Via a comparative case study with a cross-sectional design, an analysis was conducted on policy (related) documents of 8 municipalities. Based on the results all 3 hypotheses were rejected. The results indicate that municipalities with problems in multiple health categories have a lower health prevention policy activity than municipalities with problems in a single health category. Further, it turns out that right-oriented municipalities tend to be more active in the field of health prevention policy than left-oriented municipalities. The availability of potential partners within a municipality however, does not prove to explain the activity of municipalities in the field of health prevention policy.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/82377
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