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The Political Economy of the National Institutes of Health

Award Year: 2006 Investigator: Bhaven Sampat
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the single largest sponsor of biomedical research in the world. It also enjoys a high level of bipartisan political support that is perhaps unrivaled in the health policy arena. Bhaven N. Sampat, Ph.D. is interested in how the NIH makes decisions about where to invest its funds and the effects of those decisions on the health of Americans.

Reputation and Regulation: A Study of Pharmaceutical Policy at the FDA

Award Year: 2003 Investigator: Daniel Carpenter
As U.S. expenditures on prescription drugs continue to rise and account for a growing share of gross national product, Daniel P. Carpenter, Ph.D. examines a major institution in American health care: the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). His project, Reputation and Regulation: A Study of Pharmaceutical Policy at the FDA, considers the power the FDA exerts and how political, social, and other considerations influence its decisions.

Health Care and the American Presidency

Award Year: 2002 Investigator: David Blumenthal, James Morone
For their Investigator Award project, David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P. and co-principal investigator James A. Morone, Ph.D. take on the modern American Presidency. In their study, Health Care and the American Presidency, they examine how the actions or inaction of each President from Franklin D. Roosevelt to George W. Bush have influenced the formulation and implementation of health policy in the United States. Using a variety of research techniques and models, Drs.

Inter-Governmental Health Care Partnerships: Promoting Innovation, Inefficiency or Stalemate?

Award Year: 2002 Investigator: Michael Sparer
For more than 200 years, policymakers have struggled over how best to balance power and divide labor between the federal government and the states. Michael S. Sparer, J.D., Ph.D. is interested in intergovernmental partnerships and the potential they hold for creating innovative policy and programmatic responses to health and health care problems.

Nation-States and Population Health

Award Year: 2001 Investigator: Stephen Kunitz
This project will explore how the standard of living debate and the consequences of modernization on traditional communities affect our understanding of the determinants of mortality. Improvements in the health of populations over the past few centuries have frequently been attributed to the rising standard of living, even though mortality in Europe began to decline before socioeconomic status had risen appreciably. Dr.

National Policies Governing Health Research

Award Year: 1998 Investigator: Robert Cook-Deegan
This project analyzes how national policy decisions are made about health research in the U.S. Dr. Cook-Deegan's work distinguishes health research from other kinds of federal research (e.g., defense, energy, space, environment) and examines how the federal government and the lack of a central research ministry have influenced the direction and size of the research enterprise.