Rudolf Klein M. A., (Ph.D. hon.)

RWJF Investigator Awardee Email: Discipline: Political Science Expertise: Ethical Dilemmas and Allocation of Resources, Politics and Policymaking

Investigator Award
Political Analysis: Applications to Health Care and Health Policy
Award Year: 2000 Professors Marmor and Klein seek to improve the understanding of health care policymaking while contributing to a more informed discussion of options among academics and policymakers. Building on their earlier work, they will focus on the politics of decision making in the widest sense: the constraints and opportunities created by existing institutions, administrative capacities, and the structure of interests in the health policy arena. The project will provide a framework for analyzing the dynamics of the policy process and categorizing health care issues. The investigators will draw on the findings of other health policy studies and use them to test the framework. Among the specific topics to be addressed are the political struggles over systemic reform, rationing, prevention, professional accountability, consumer empowerment, health panics, and moral crusades.


Rudolf Klein is a visiting professor at the London School of Economics. He has also been a distinguished faculty fellow at the Yale University School of Management. He was educated at Bristol Grammar School and Merton College, Oxford where he received an M.A. in Modern History. He is a recipient of the Gibbs Prize in Modern History. He has also served as senior associate at the King's Fund, professor of social policy and founder-director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Policy, Researcher at the London School of Hygiene, writer and editor of The Observer, and writer of the London Evening Standard. At various times, he has been a member of Economic and Social Research Council and Department of Health committees; consultant to OECD and the National Audit Office; co-editor of The Political Quarterly; Visiting Professor, University Institute, Florence. In 1999 he received the Margaret E. Mahoney award from the Commonwealth Fund for advancing international exchange on health policy. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate from Oxford Brookes University. In 2000, he received the CBE. Books and monographs include: Complaints against Doctors (1973), The politics of consumer representation (1976, with Janet Lewis), Accountabilities (1987, with Patricia Day); How organisations measure success (1992, with Neil Carter and Patricia Day); Why regulate? (1996, with Patricia Day and Sharon Redmayne); Managing Scarcity: Priority-setting and rationing in the NHS (1996, with Patricia Day and Sharon Redmayne). A revised and updated edition of The New Politics of the NHS was published last year. Forthcoming is Auditing the auditors (with Patricia Day). He has published numerous journal articles in: The British Medical Journal, Health Affairs, The Milbank Quarterly, The British Journal of Political Science, Public Administration, The Political Quarterly, Health Policy, Political Studies, Social Policy and Administration, Journal of Public Policy.