Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law | Call for Papers

April 4, 2013

The Global and Domestic Politics of Health Policy in the Emerging Nations



In the past two decades, developing nations have become increasingly integrated into the global political and economic system. While several nations have successfully reformed their political, economic, and health policies, many are still dependent on the international community for financial and technical assistance. Nevertheless, in recent years a group of emerging nations, namely Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (a.k.a., the BRICS) as well as Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Vietnam, and more, appear to have become less dependent on international assistance, mainly because of their heightened economic growth and geopolitical influence.


This special series of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law (JHPPL) seeks to understand the global and domestic politics of health policy in these emerging nations. Attention is given to the evolutionary relationship between international institutions, such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Bank, and the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria, and domestic policy-makers, as well as the role of domestic actors and nongovernmental organizations. Both global health governance mechanisms and the role that civil society plays in transforming these linkages, and in domestic affairs, for equitable agenda setting, policy-making, and regulation are of particular interest.


More specifically, this special series is guided by two areas of scholarly inquiry: First, what are the international and domestic linkages related to heath policy in the emerging nations, and how have these linkages transformed in the past two decades? What are the respective roles of global and domestic institutions in health policy in these nations? And how does the health policy of these nations affect global health policy? For example, do international institutions, such as the WHO, the World Bank, and the Global Fund, employ conditionality or other coercive measures to influence health policy and are they successful in doing so? Or do these international institutions recognize the rising influence and autonomy of emerging nations and, consequently, are they seeking new types of partnerships with them for health policy? How much, if any, influence do global actors and norms have on the domestic health politics and policy in emerging nations? How do the “natural experiments” with health policy in emerging nations influence health policy in other countries and at the global level? How are political leaders in these nations shifting their relationship with international institutions? What can we learn from the evolution of health politics and policy in these emerging nations and how might these findings inform the global and domestic health policy of other countries?


Second, given the growing importance of domestic actors, including national governments and civil society, in these emerging countries, how do these entities create and shape health policy in the emerging countries. What is the nature of linkages between international institutions, international non-governmental organizations (e.g., Medicines Sans Frontieres), and other domestic institutions, including national governments and how does this shape health policy? Civil society – such as NGOs, CBOs (Community Based Organizations), and social health movements dedicated to health policy – are of special interest. For example, in addition to examining their evolutionary role in advocating and pressuring for reform, is civil society working closely with international institutions to influence domestic agenda-setting, policy-making, and regulation?


How has the role of national governments in health policy evolved in the emerging nations and what lessons does this provide for global health governance and domestic health policy in other countries? Who, if anyone, is monitoring domestic health policy and holding national governments to account? Given that NGOs and social health movements – as well as democratization processes – are emerging in these nations, one might expect to find wide variation in civil societal strategies and influence. What role, if any, have democratizing processes played in shaping domestic health policy in these emerging nations?


Authors submitting manuscripts for this special series may focus on any of these areas of scholarly inquiry. Contributors should also feel free to address any type of health policy question in these emerging countries or global governance issue. With regards to case selection, authors may either investigate one particular nation, compare several of the emerging nations or focus at the global level.



Submission Guidelines and Timeline


Contributors to this special series will be asked to submit research articles, critical essays and shorter commentary in accordance with JHPPL’s editorial guidelines. All submissions should be sent to the co-editors of this special series: Dr. Eduardo J. Gómez of Rutgers University at; and Dr. Jennifer Prah Ruger of Yale University at Please feel free to contact the co-editors with any questions.


With regards to timeline, all manuscript submissions are due by June 1, 2013. The Editor-in-Chief will them meet with the special series editors to select manuscripts for full consideration. The selected manuscripts will then be sent out for peer review. We anticipate that final publication decisions will be made and the issue will be published online ahead of print by September 2014 with in print publication to follow by December 2014.

Submission of Abstracts – The 5th international Jerusalem Conference on Health Policy

January 23, 2013

The Organizing Committee of the 5thJerusalem International Conference on Health Policy invites professionals interested in Health Policy and Health Services Research to submit abstracts of papers relevant to the topic and the themes of the conference. Proposals for oral or poster presentations are welcome relevant to:




A.   Patterns of Health Care Under Austerity

B.   Institutional Governance Strategies

C.   Sustaining Quality and Performance

D.   Financial and Economic Strategies

E.   Mapping Responses and Finding Solutions

Kindly note that abstracts should be submitted by the on-line Abstract Submission Form and with strict adherence to thefollowing guidelines:


Abstract submission will open November 5, 2012

Deadline for abstract submission February 14, 2013

via Submission of Abstracts – The 5th international Jerusalem Conference on Health Policy.

Call for Papers | 2012 Research Data Center | Annual Research Conference, September 20, 2012

April 13, 2012

Call for Papers

2012 Research Data Center

Annual Research Conference, September 20, 2012


Chicago Census RDC at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago


The Chicago Census Research Data Center welcomes proposals to present papers based on current or recent RDC research. The conference will showcase research from the nationwide network of RDCs – including research using demographic, business, and linked employee-employer data from the U.S. Census Bureau, as well as health data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). RDC research performs statistical analyses on non-public versions of data from these government agencies. We are planning a day of concurrent paper sessions, a keynote presentation, and a poster session.


Submission Instructions: Please submit an abstract (no more than 500 words) in .pdf form that describes your research question(s), data used (including sponsoring agency), methodology, and summary of results (results can be anticipated or preliminary if not yet finalized). The abstract should include contact (email and phone) and affiliation information for all authors on the paper. Please email your submissions to: The submission deadline is Monday, July 2. Decisions regarding acceptance onto the conference program will be made by Tuesday July 31.


Additional information about the conference – including registration, hotel, program, and other logistics – is available on the conference website:


For further questions, please email or you may contact Frank Limehouse ( or Bhash Mazumder (

American Law and Economics Association Annual Meeting Call for Papers

January 11, 2012

American Law and Economics Association


Web Address:

2012 Annual Meeting

Stanford Law School

May 18-19, 2012

(Friday and Saturday)


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

via Welcome Page.

Health Affairs Request For Abstracts: Payment Reform – Health Affairs Blog

January 3, 2012

Health Affairs plans a thematic issue in 2012 on trends and developments in payment reform. We will consider papers that cover a variety of perspectives on this topic, including: overview papers that explore historical trends and environmental factors that have shaped these trends; economic, political, and policy analyses that lay out the prospects and motivation for various reforms and their implications for payers, providers, patients, and others; analyses of payment methods under active consideration or undergoing implementation today; and key issues for policy makers in evaluating and incentivizing various reform efforts. This theme issue is scheduled for publication in mid-2012.

A number of topics have already been invited and are listed below. The journal also welcomes proposals for additional papers, analyses, and commentaries for this thematic issue, including articles that discuss the most promising models of payment reform on the market, the barriers to their implementation, and how to plan around current economic and political realities. We would also welcome papers that report on individual state and local experiences.

Abstracts are requested by January 9, 2012.  We regret that we will not be able to consider any abstracts submitted after that date.

The editors will evaluate the abstracts and, pending the outcome, invite papers for submission in mid-January 2012. Invited papers will be due at the journal on February 6, 2012.

via Health Affairs Request For Abstracts: Payment Reform – Health Affairs Blog.

Call for Abstracts: Obesity Interventions

December 19, 2011

A book, Obesity Interventions with Underserved U.S. Populations: Evidence and Directions, to be published in early 2013 by Johns Hopkins University Press, will be a collection of papers in the area of obesity/overweight prevention/reduction in underserved communities in the U.S.

This notice is a Call for Abstracts. The editorial team and Advisory Board will select among the abstracts, looking for those of the highest quality that also are likely to contribute to making the book a cohesive whole: the authors of those abstracts will be invited to submit full papers for blind peer review.

Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words (excluding references). They should be sent, together with complete author contact information, to no later than 11:59 p.m. on January 23rd, 2012. Full invited papers will be due no later than 11:59 p.m. on March 15, 2012.

Inquiries may be directed to Ms. Naa Amponsah at             (800) 669-1269       or

The editorial office for this book is the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved (JHCPU) and the sponsoring organization is the Aetna Foundation.  The editor is Virginia M. Brennan, PhD, MA (Meharry Medical College) and the Guest Editors are Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH (UPenn Perelman SOM) and Ruth Zambrana, PhD (U. of Maryland, College Park).

We welcome submissions that establish the state of the art for some part of the obesity/overweight epidemic in underserved U.S. communities, with an emphasis on solutions. Such state-of-the-art papers might take the form of

Literature Reviews that encompass what is known and what still must be learned in order to overcome the epidemic for some particular population;

Commentaries on the development of the obesity/overweightepidemic in the U.S. and/or how to overcome it; or

Reports from the Field that describe innovative and effective programs in underserved communities.
Literature Reviews: We strongly encourage authors with suitable expertise to submit Literature Reviews.

The 250-word abstracts submitted for the January 23rd deadline proposing Literature Reviews on the prevention and reduction of obesity in one or more minority or other underserved population in the U.S.  should:
(a)     State the particular problem being addressed.
(b)     State the intention to review what interventions to address the problem have been evaluated; the nature of those evaluations; and the results of those evaluations; as well as to review what sorts of interventions still must be evaluated – i.e., ones for which the evidence is not firm as to the intervention’s effectiveness.
(c)     Fit into the general framework for this book: We would like authors of articles for this book to take a systems perspective, identifying ways that contextual factors bear upon the epidemic of overweight/obesity in underserved communities in the U.S. and on interventions to address these problems.

In evaluating Literature Reviews (the full papers), the reviewers, editors, and advisory board will look for papers that:
(a) enumerate their search criteria, enumerate the date range considered, and name the databases consulted;
(b) discuss what the applications of the work reviewed to the real world are, and how broadly the conclusions might ultimately be generalized (as well as discussing the status of the work in terms of certainty as to causal relationships identified );
(c)   explicitly say whether socioeconomic status (solely, or along with other demographic parameters) was taken into account in selecting work for review; and
(d) are tied to one or more of these contextual domains:
•       Characteristics of target population
•       Interpersonal variables (e.g., family patterns)
•       Organizational variables (characteristics of the organization delivering the intervention)
•       Ethnically-specific and/or general social norms and culture
•       Larger political and economic forces.
(e)     are between 2,000 and 10,000 words long.

Not all of this must be covered in abstracts for Literature Reviews, but the abstract should indicate  that the fully written paper will meet these criteria.

The 250-word abstracts submitted for the January 23rd deadline proposing Commentaries should address a particular topic within the overall area of obesity/overweight reduction/prevention in underserved U.S. communities. The abstracts should provide a good idea of the argument the author will make in the full paper. We will look for emphasis on context in these abstracts as well.

Commentaries (the full papers) should provide an overview of a particular topic within the overall area of obesity/overweight reduction/prevention in underserved U.S. communities, with appropriate references to the empirical literature, and then take a position on it. We will look for emphasis on context in these papers as well.  Full papers should be 1,000-4,000 words.

Reports from the Field

For this volume, Reports from the Field are descriptive accounts of programs and other interventions, or of new policies in the area of obesity/overweight prevention/reduction in one or more underserved U.S. communities. While still hewing to the highest standards for timeliness and accuracy, Reports are not structured as research papers and do not contain statistical analyses. Programs and policies that are notable for their innovation, their success, and their replicability will especially interest us.  Full papers should be no longer than 2,000 words.

The 250-word abstracts submitted for the January 23rd deadline proposing Reports from the Field should reflect these characteristics and draw attention to the noteworthiness of the program or policy being described, in view of what is already well-established. Emphasis on and description of the larger context in which the program or policy is implemented (and why that context is important to consider) is welcome. Why did you do this (what evidence compelled you to design this program or policy)? What exactly did you do? What happened? Would you do anything differently if you had the opportunity to do it again? Do you think this can work in other communities? Why or why not? Statistical analyses are not suitable given the descriptive nature of Reports from the Field, although some descriptive statistics may be included.

To develop a topic, choosing among (or combining several of) the following population parameters may prove helpful.  While the book will be organized in terms of race/ethnicity, we also welcome work that — while including information about race/ethnicity — also bear on other characteristics of underserved populations, including sexual orientation [LGBT], mental health and cognitive development, disability, and others.

•       African American (or Black)
•       Latino (or Hispanic) broken down by subgroups
•       Non-Hispanic White (or White)
•       American Indian/Alaska Native, broken down by subgroups
•       Pacific Islander, broken down by subgroups
•       Asian Americans, broken down by subgroups
•       Multi-ethnic perspectives

Age groups
•       Children (pre-school, school age, or combined)
•       Adolescents
•       Adults
•       Reproductive-aged women (including pregnancy, post-partum, gestational influences, and infancy)
•       Elderly

Other demographic characteristics
•       Geographic regions
•       Urban areas
•       Rural areas
•       Groups with low socioeconomic status

2012 ARM: Abstracts – AcademyHealth

December 13, 2011

2012 ARM: Abstracts

Abstract Deadline: January 12, 5:00 p.m. EST

Abstracts are invited for four categories: (1) call for papers, (2) call for posters, (3) call for research panels, and (4) call for policy roundtables. Speakers selected for podium presentation through the call for abstracts are eligible for a discounted registration rate. Poster presenters are not eligible for the speaker discount.

via 2012 ARM: Abstracts – AcademyHealth.