Brasfield Named Journal Book Review Editor

On February 25, 2010, in In the News, by charlalord

The Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law has named SBT Professor and Chair of Management Jim Brasfield its new book review editor. A leading journal in its field, and the primary source of communication across the

Dr. Jim Brasfield, new book review editor for The Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law

many disciplines it serves, the JHPPL tapped Dr. Brasfield because of his extensive expertise on the initiation, formulation, and implementation of health policy.  As editor, Dr. Brasfield will be the one responsible for tracking the most recent books published in the health policy field and selecting those of the greatest interest to readers for review.  He predicts he will arrange about 20-25 reviews a year.

“Jim has long been a leader, having chaired the Committee on Health Politics within the American Political Science Association from the early 1980s until this past year, when it evolved into the larger and more visible Organized Section on Health Politics,” writes editor Michael S, Sparer in this month’s JHPPL. “Given his deep understanding of the world of health policy, his long-standing connection to JHPPL, and his easygoing Midwestern friendliness, we are thrilled that Jim agreed to take on this new task.”

 Readership of the journal includes academics and health policy specialists who follow health policy issues closely as part of their routine work. Brasfield notes that health reform legislation is obviously the most important topic in the field this year and books will likely come across his desk on the debate of 2009-10. 

 “If any books do appear in the coming months that have some application to the current debate, I would likely put them at the top of the list of books to be reviewed,” revealed Dr. Brasfield.  “For example, a major book was published this past Fall that traced the role of presidents related to health policy in the 20th Century. Because this was a major book by a well known scholar in the field, I arranged right away for the review which will be published shortly.”

But because of book review lead times, analysis about the issue continues now between colleagues long before they appear in print. 

“There is concern in the field with the long-term projection of health costs increases,” notes Brasfield.  “Suggestions about how to flatten the trend line is a critical issue, whether or not reform legislation passes. 

 Most scholars, Brasfield says, don’t think the existing reform legislation will do much to change the trend and that more will need to be done in the future.  If not Brasfield predicts in a few years we will be spending 20%+ of our GDP on health care.

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