Policy change for the social determinants of health: The strange irrelevance of social epidemiology

Bradley R. Crammond, Gemma Carey

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The considerable evidence base linking social conditions to population health has spurred many in public health to call for political action. Most of these conditions fall outside the purview of health departments, meaning that advocates are increasingly calling on other government sectors to improve health. Whether levelled at the whole-of-government or individual departments these calls seek a paradigm shift in governmental goals. Paradigmatic political change is an essentially normative process - one based upon ethical, rather than empirical, reasoning. Successfully achieving political change requires that public health advocates improve their normative justification for change and reduce their reliance upon evidence-based arguments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-374
Number of pages10
JournalEvidence and Policy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2017


  • Evidence-based policy
  • Social determinants of health

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