Article

Multilevel governance, public health and the regulation of food: is tobacco control policy a model?

Citation

Studlar D & Cairney P (2019) Multilevel governance, public health and the regulation of food: is tobacco control policy a model?. Journal of Public Health Policy, 40 (2), pp. 147-165. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41271-019-00165-6

Abstract
Campaigns against risk factors for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) caused by smoking and obesity have become increasingly common on multiple levels of government, from the local to the international. Non-governmental actors have cooperated with government bodies to make policies. By analysing the policies of the World Trade Organization, the World Health Organization, the European Union, and the United Kingdom and United States governments, we identify how the struggles between public health advocates and commercial interests reached the global level, and how the relatively successful fight to ‘denormalize’ tobacco consumption has become a model for anti-obesity advocates. It highlights three factors important in policy change: framing the policy problem, the policymaking environment and ‘windows of opportunity’—to analyse the struggle between ‘harm regulation’ and ‘neoprohibition’ approaches to an international obesity prevention regime.

Keywords
Tobacco control; food policy; policy process; policy learning; framing; multiple stream analysis;

Notes
Output Status: Forthcoming/Available Online

Journal
Journal of Public Health Policy: Volume 40, Issue 2

StatusPublished
Publication date30/06/2019
Publication date online01/03/2019
Date accepted by journal11/02/2019
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/29153
PublisherSpringer Nature
ISSN0197-5897
eISSN1745-655X