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Peter Triantafillou and Naja Vucina, The politics of health promotion. Case studies from Denmark and England, Manchester University Press, 2018

This book examines the quest to promote the health and vigour of individuals and populations of liberal democracies. It provides a detailed account of the emergence and working of Danish and English health promotion policies and programs in the areas of obesity control and mental recovery. The book shows that these interventions are supported by a form of optimistic vitalism, according to which we should all work indefinitely to improve our health and vigour. In the areas of both obesity control and mental recovery, equally particular individuals, and the social environment in which they live, are the target of political interventions. The book is above all relevant for social and political science researchers and graduate students as well as for policymakers and practitioners in the field of public health.

1 Critical studies of the politics of public health promotion
2 Governing public health in England and Denmark
3 Fighting obesity in England
4 Governing obesity in Denmark
5 Promoting recovery in England
6 Promoting recovery in Denmark


Peter Triantafillou is a Professor of Public Policy and Performance Management at Roskilde University, Denmark

Naja Vucina is Coordinator of the Research Unit and Competence Centre for Psychotherapy at Stolpegård Psychotherapy Centre, Denmark

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