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AIDS and the Policy Struggle in the United States Paperback – August 14, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0878403783 ISBN-10: 0878403787 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press; 1 edition (August 14, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878403787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878403783
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #764,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"While the focus of [this book] is on detailed documentation of AIDS-specific issues, readers interested mainly in the policymaking process will also find this a valuable example of a high-stakes and controversial issue area. Siplon has filled a major gap in the political science literature with much of the passion and engagement she so clearly admires among the activists she profiles." -- Perspectives on Politics



"Patricia Siplon's book, AIDS and the Policy Struggle in the United States, offers useful source material for what may be the rightful beginning of a shift toward a richer focus on AIDS as a public policy issue.... a compelling work about the often-problematic public-policy responses (or lack thereof) to the countless medical and social problems presented by the AIDS epidemic in the United States.... a terrific read." -- New Political Science



"This is an important book for political scientists, policymakers, and anyone interested in understanding the policy battles that have transformed the medical establishment, the pharmaceutical companies, and U.S. foreign policy. Patricia Siplon helps us understand the dynamics and dimensions of the U.S. government's response to the worldwide spread of HIV/AIDS. She clearly and concisely outlines the key players, their positions, and the process through which policy is formulated and implemented." -- Alan Berkman, MD, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University and founder of the Health Global Access Project



"Dr. Siplon's analysis of governmental and corporate HIV/AIDS policy struggles demonstrates the important point that while policy decisions may appear rational, or based upon objective criteria, they are generally in fact based upon who wins the policy contest. As she states, 'policy is the product of struggles between groups.' AIDS policy has especially been a reflection of value-based conflict, and Dr. Siplon investigates the nature of the values and self-interests that underlie these conflicts. AIDS and the Policy Struggle in the United States clearly and passionately reveals the values and interests of those engaged in the policy and resource allocation struggles that directly impact on the lives of people with HIV/AIDS domestically-and internationally." -- David Hoos, MD, assistant professor of clinical epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

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"This is an important book for political scientists, policymakers, and anyone interested in understanding the policy battles that have transformed the medical establishment, the pharmaceutical companies, and U.S. foreign policy. Patricia Siplon helps us understand the dynamics and dimensions of the U.S. government's response to the worldwide spread of HIV/AIDS. She clearly and concisely outlines the key players, their positions, and the process through which policy is formulated and implemented." --Alan Berkman, MD, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. He is the founder of the Health Global Access Project.

"Dr. Siplon's analysis of governmental and corporate HIV/AIDS policy struggles demonstrates the important point that while policy decisions may appear rational, or based upon objective criteria, they are generally in fact based upon who wins the policy contest. As she states, 'policy is the product of struggles between groups.' AIDS policy has especially been a reflection of value-based conflict, and Dr. Siplon investigates the nature of the values and self-interests that underlie these conflicts. AIDS and the Policy Struggle in the United States clearly and passionately reveals the values and interests of those engaged in the policy and resource allocation struggles that directly impact on the lives of people with HIV/AIDS domestically--and internationally." --David Hoos, MD, assistant professor of clinical epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Raymond A. Smith on February 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
Below is a copy of my review of this book, which was published in the September 2003 issue of "Perspectives on Politics," a publication of the American Political Science Association.
-- Raymond A. Smith, Columbia University
Given the public policy significance of the AIDS epidemic, surprisingly few book-length treatments of AIDS policymaking in the U.S. have been published. Indeed, the Library of Congress lists only 35 books under its principal heading for this issue (AIDS(Disease) - Government Policy - United States), many
of which are legal guides or government publications.
More remarkable still is that "AIDS and the Policy Struggle in the United States" is only the third book under this heading to have been published since the 1996 introduction of the combination antiretroviral treatments that drastically cut AIDS mortality and revolutionized the policy arena. Fortunately, Patricia Siplon's lucid and engaging new book makes significant, if selective, advances in filling in the gaps in this literature.
The volume opens with an overview of the emergence of AIDS in the early 1980s, which presented the initial policy dilemma of funding research into the causes and consequences of the then-new disease syndrome. Siplon then provides individual chapters on five major policy areas, each highlighting a different dimension of the policymaking process: medical treatment (the issue of "policy definition"); blood policy ("the task of regulation"), HIV prevention ("the problem of competing values"), the Ryan White CARE Act ("the problems of distributive politics"), and foreign aid for AIDS programs ("the policy dilemma of membership").
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nasdijj on November 2, 2005
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As someone who runs a group home for boys with AIDS, I know exactly how BADLY books like this are WAY overdue. The public does NOT understand how these policies (my favorite is the Bush administration's refusal to deal with international AIDS organizations who stress condoms) are constructed and how diseases like AIDS are kept alive and kicking by policies shaped with moral not scientific agendas. This is a good book and a BEGINNING not an end. American publishers are loathe to publish such books and their indifference to AIDS is nothing less than CRIMINAL. It is a CRIME that there aren't many, many books like this. Ignorance is bliss. Being informed is difficult when institutions like publishing are committed to frivolous books and entertainment versus anything that might empower people so that they understand how their institutions work.
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