Governing public health in England and Denmark
in The politics of health promotion
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This chapter delineates the historical emergence and key features of biopolitics from the nineteenth century in England and Denmark. It illuminates key features of the governing of public health taking place through the public authorities in England and Denmark. This entails identifying major reforms, approaches, and the administrative organization of the governing of health, features that to a large extent persist today in the two countries. The chapter then moves on to the 1980s to explore the turn towards health promotion and to discuss its wider implications for biopolitics in the two countries. It focuses on key organizational designs in the unfolding of public health strategies. Finally, the chapter examines how the community has been invoked in both countries, albeit in different ways, in the attempt to promote the health of citizens.

The politics of health promotion

Case studies from Denmark and England

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