Handbook of Territorial Politics
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Handbook of Territorial Politics

Edited by Klaus Detterbeck and Eve Hepburn

The study of territorial politics has enjoyed a renaissance in the last thirty years. Scholars have questioned the state-centric assumptions upon which mainstream social science has been built, pointing to the territorial (re)distribution of power across and within states. This Handbook brings together leading scholars to demonstrate how territory has shaped institutional structures, public policies, elections, political parties, and identity across the world. Offering theoretical, comparative and empirical insights, this book provides a comprehensive overview of the impact of territory on modern political, economic and social life.
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Chapter 16: Health policy and territorial politics: disciplinary misunderstandings and directions for research

Scott L. Greer


The territorial politics of health is both underexploited by mainstream political scientists and the subject of a large and distinctive health policy literature that rarely connects with political science. This chapter first argues for the usefulness of health as a source of data for a more grounded and policy-focused territorial politics. It then summarizes the health policy approach to territorial politics, arguing that its empirical findings, more than its theories, can enrich political science on the topic. Subsequently, it turns to the findings of political scientists, highlighting the extent to which comparative welfare state literature is skeptical about federalism and could handle it much better, and the extent to which the literature about federalism and health is mostly nationally specific and over-represents North American experiences. The last sections turn to some findings for comparative territorial politics from health policy studies, and some potential future directions for research.

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