Policy Papers

History & Policy papers are written by expert historians, based on peer-reviewed research. They offer historical insights into current policy issues ranging from Afghanistan and Iraq, climate change and internet surveillance to family dynamics, alcohol consumption and health reforms. For historians interested in submitting a paper, please see the editorial guidelines.

Currently, 238 papers are freely searchable by theme, author or keyword, with new papers published regularly. Where possible, we publish papers to coincide with relevant policy developments. If you are a policy maker, civil society practitioner or journalist and would like to contact one of our historians, please contact historyandpolicy@london.ac.uk.

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Health reforms, opinion polls and surveys: myths and realities

Attitudes to NHS reform today are shaped by a largely imagined past of poor healthcare prior to the NHS, according to Dr Nick Hayes in a new H&P policy paper. An Ipsos Mori poll in conjunction with King's College London confirmed Dr Hayes' research - finding a fear of reform, particularly the involvement of private providers in the NHS.

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Addressing food poverty in Ireland: historical perspectives

Debates about nutritional health in nineteenth and early twentieth century Ireland, a period of severe economic decline and poverty, offers food for thought for today's policy makers, argues Dr Ian Miller, of the University of Ulster.

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Choice, policy and practice in maternity care since 1948

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Putting pandemics in perspective

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Wine, supermarkets and alcohol policy

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Doctors in Whitehall: medical advisers at the 60th anniversary of the NHS

Sally Sheard's History & Policy paper on Doctors in Whitehall was discussed in Society Guardian.

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Binge drinking and moral panics: historical parallels?

A new History & Policy paper by Peter Borsay of Aberystwyth University argues that public and media concern about binge-drinking and the 'broken society' is not new and has a 250-year pedigree. In a comparison between modern-day binge-drinking and the 18th century Gin Craze, he argues binge-drinking may be a recurring moral panic that is resistant to quick-fix solutions. His paper has attracted coverage in the Observer, BBC online and the Western Mail.

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Smoking and the sea change in public health, 1945-2007

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Hospital governance and community involvement in Britain: evidence from before the National Health Service

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Current and future alcohol policy: the relevance of history

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We are the only project in the UK providing access to an international network of more than 500 historians with a broad range of expertise. H&P offers a range of resources for historians, policy makers and journalists.

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