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Peter Boyle, Paolo Boffetta, Albert B. Lowenfels, Harry Burns, Otis Brawley, Witold Zatonski, and Jürgen Rehm

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199655786

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199655786.001.0001

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The private sector and public policy: can they be reconciled?

The private sector and public policy: can they be reconciled?

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(p.343) Chapter 42 The private sector and public policy: can they be reconciled?
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Alcohol
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Paul Miller

Marjana Martinic

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199655786.003.0042

The field of alcohol policy has witnessed a long and often heated debate around the respective roles of the public and private sectors when it comes to reducing alcohol-related harm. There is a presumption by some that the aims and priorities of the two are irreconcilable. This chapter argues that the interests of the public and private sectors can, indeed, be reconciled and that synergy between them is desirable and can be used to reduce societal harm. While there are sensitivities and criticisms around the use of particular terminology, whether ‘working together’, ‘cooperation’, or ‘partnership’, the fact remains that there are areas in which public policy and private sector interests can be complementary as long as roles and responsibilities are clearly circumscribed and boundaries for engagement defined.

Keywords:   alcohol policy, public policy, public sector, private sector

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