Policy Capacity Meets Politics; Comment on “Health Reform Requires Policy Capacity”

Document Type: Commentary

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Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Abstract

It is difficult to disagree with the general argument that successful health reform requires a significant degree of policy capacity or that all players in the policy game need to move beyond self-interested advocacy. However, an overly broad definition of policy capacity is a problem. More important perhaps, health reform inevitably requires not just policy capacity but political leadership and compromise.

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