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KICKBUSCH, Ilona. Innovation in health policy: respondign to the health society. Gac Sanit [online]. 2007, vol.21, n.4, pp. 338-342. ISSN 0213-9111. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0213-91112007000400013.
The 21st century health society is characterized by 2 major social processes: the expansion of the territory of health and the expansion of the reflexivity of health. The boundaries of what we call the «health system» are becoming increasingly fluid and health has become integral to how we live our everyday life. Health itself has become a major economic and social driving force in society. This shifts the pressure for policy innovation from a focus on the existing health system to a reorganization of how we approach health in 21st century societies. The dynamics of the health society challenge the way we conceptualize and locate health in the policy arena, the mechanisms through which we conduct health policy and they redefine who should be involved in the policy process. This concern is beginning to be addressed within government through joined up government approaches, beyond government through making health everybody's business and beyond nation states as a new interface between domestic and foreign policy.
Keywords : Health policy; Politics; Public health.