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date: 14 December 2019

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Research on health policy networks can be divided into two categories: policy implementation networks that arrange for the supply and delivery of health services through networks of organizations, and policy formation networks that both create the demand for and develop health policy. This chapter examines research from the two categories, with a special focus on how networks can contribute to a greater understanding of the benefits of and challenges facing the health policy domain. Four challenges that arise in both types of health policy networks—coordination, accountability, assessment, and uneven distributions of power—are then discussed, along with solutions that both policy formation and policy implementation scholars have proposed to address them. Areas in which scholars from the two streams can learn from one another’s findings are highlighted. Finally, future directions for research health policy networks are suggested.

Keywords: health policy, coordination, accountability, assessment, power, implementation, policy formation

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