Intersectoral governance for health in all policies. Structures, actions and experiences (2012)



Edited by David V. McQueen, Matthias Wismar, Vivian Lin, Catherine M. Jones and Maggie Davies
Observatory Studies Series No.26
2012, xix + 206 pages
ISBN 978 92 890 0281 3
CHF 40.00
Developing countries CHF 28.00
Order no. 13400124

Many of the policies and programmes that affect health originate outside the health sector. Governments therefore need to address population health using a strategy or policy principle that fosters intersectoral action.

Health in all policies (HiAP) does just that, encouraging intersectoral approaches to management, coordination and action. This publication captures the research on how intersectoral governance structures operate, showing:

  • how governments and ministries can initiate action, and
  • how intersectoral governance structures can be successfully established, used and sustained.

It provides accessible and relevant examples for policy-makers of the governance tools and instruments available, and over 20 mini case studies from Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia on how countries currently use intersectoral governance for HiAP. It also identifies key intersectoral structures and how they facilitate intersectoral action:

  • cabinet committees and secretariats
  • parliamentary committees
  • interdepartmental committees and units
  • mega-ministries and mergers
  • joint budgeting
  • delegated financing, and
  • public, stakeholder and industry engagement.