History’s role in health policy making
History Matters? History's role in health policy making: Virginia Berridge
H&P funded research by Virginia Berridge, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, to explore the way in which history and historians are currently involved in health policymaking. This report reveals how health policymakers rely on historical clichés and NHS 'folk histories' to interpret the past and inform the present. Professor Berridge concluded that historians must do more to communicate their work to policy audiences. Read the report [pdf, 201KB].
- Virginia Berridge's article for Guardian Society
- History & Policy news release, Health policy dominated by historical clichés and folk histories [pdf, 76KB]