Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law


Journal Current volume: 45 Frequency: Bimonthly

Academic Editor: Jonathan Oberlander

A leading journal in its field, and the primary source of communication across the many disciplines it serves, the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law focuses on the initiation, formulation, and implementation of health policy and analyzes the relations between government and health—past, present, and future.

Read an interview with editor Jonathan Oberlander.

Tracking Health Reform
This section provides useful information for practitioners, stakeholders, and academics involved in national- and state-level health reform legislation, regulation, implementation, and policy evaluation in the United States. The section typically publishes shorter papers (4,000 to 4,500 words) that tend to be qualitative, often case analyses, and widely accessible to practitioner, journalistic, and academic readers.

Beneath the Surface
This section analyzes, unpacks, and challenges empirical claims, theoretical assumptions, taken-for-granted terms and concepts in health policy debates and literature to promote a better understanding of health policy realities. The section typically publishes shorter papers (3,000 words).

Social Media
Our social media platforms engage the JHPPL community in ongoing conversation about health politics, policy, and law, continuing discussions begun in the journal and enabling real-time immersion in current issues and debates. For further information, contact JHPPL's social media editor, Harold A. Pollack, at

The journal is affiliated with the following organizations:

American College of Healthcare Executives
American College of Legal Medicine
American Health Planning Association
American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics
Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management
Association of University Programs in Health Administration
Health Law Section, American Bar Association
International Health Economics Association
Medical Care Section, American Public Health Association
Medical Sociology Section, American Sociological Association
National Academy of Social Insurance
Organized Section on Health Politics and Policy, American Political Science Association

Members of these organizations receive a discount on individual subscriptions.


Members of affiliated organizations receive a 25% discount.

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Editorial Office:
Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law
Duke University Press
905 W. Main St., Suite 18B  
Durham, NC 27701

Jonathan Oberlander, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Associate Editors:
Nicholas Bagley, University of Michigan
Sarah E. Gollust, University of Minnesota
Helen Levy, University of Michigan
Elizabeth Rigby, George Washington University

Book Review Editor:
Miriam Laugesen, Columbia University

Special Section Editors:
Beneath the Surface: Joseph White, Case Western Reserve University
Tracking Health Reform: Heather Howard, Princeton University, and Frank J. Thompson, Rutgers University

Social Media Editor:
Harold A. Pollack, University of Chicago

Managing Editor:
Jed Cohen

Former Editors:
Lawrence D. Brown
Colleen M. Grogan
Theodore R. Marmor
James A. Morone
Eric M. Patashnik
Mark A. Peterson
Mark Schlesinger
Michael S. Sparer
Ralph A. Straetz

Board of Editors:
Elizabeth M. Armstrong
Daniel Béland
David Blumenthal
Andrea Louise Campbell
Daniel Carpenter
Norman Daniels
Judith Feder
Daniel M. Fox
David M. Frankford
Erika Franklin-Fowler
Marie Gottschalk
Scott L. Greer
Michael K. Gusmano
Mark Hall
Richard Hall
Allison K. Hoffman
Lawrence R. Jacobs
David K. Jones
Timothy Stoltzfus Jost
Rogan Kersh
Anna Kirkland
Lars Thorup Larsen
Miriam Laugesen
Julia Lynch
Hans Maarse
Wendy Mariner
Rick Mayes
David Mechanic
Jamila Michener
Edward Miller
Jonathan Oberlander
Kieke G. H. Okma
Adam Oliver
Thomas Oliver
Juliana Pacheco
Jill Quadagno
Thomas H. Rice
Marc Rodwin
Theda Skocpol
Steven Rathgeb Smith
Deborah A. Stone
Sandra J. Tanenbaum
Sue Tolleson-Rinehart
Carolyn Tuohy
Joseph White

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JHPPL’s average turnaround time from submission to first decision is six weeks. Accepted articles are typically no longer than 8,000 words.

Please format your manuscript according to the JHPPL Author Guidelines. To submit a manuscript, use the following instructions. JHPPL does not accept simultaneous submissions. Submissions to JHPPL undergo a double-blind peer review process. Therefore, do not include information that identifies the author or the author's institutional affiliation in the manuscript file or file name.

1. To submit articles and commentaries, please visit If this is your first time using our Editorial Manager site, please register. You may do so by selecting "Register" from the toolbar at the top of the page and following the prompts. Once you have registered, select "Submit a Manuscript" from the top toolbar. Use the information generated when you registered to log in as an author, click on the "Submit New Manuscript" link, and follow the instructions. If you have difficulty registering or submitting your manuscript, please contact us at

If, after reading a previous issue of JHPPL, you are not sure if your article will meet our needs, please feel free to contact us via e-mail at

2. If you would like to review books in the field, please contact Miriam Laugesen, Department of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University, MSPH Box 14, Floor R4, 722 W. 168th Street, New York, NY, 10032;

3. Submit items for all special sections, including “Beneath the Surface” and “Tracking Health Reform,” by using Editorial Manager as described above.

4. Send Social Media items to Harold A. Pollack at

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ISSN: 0361-6878
e-ISSN: 1527-1927