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Chapter 4: A policy process and tools for international non-governmental organizations in the health sector using ISPRM as a case in point

Jan D. Reinhardt , Per M. von Groote, Joel A. DeLisa, John L. Melvin, Jerome E. Bickenbach, Gerold Stucki
DOI: 10.2340/16501977-0435


The politics of international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) such as the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM) serve the function of selecting and attaining particular socially valued goals. The selection and attainment of goals as the primary function of political action can be structured along a policy process or cycle comprising the stages of strategic goal setting and planning of strategic pathways, agenda setting, resource mobilization, implementation, evaluation and innovation. At the various stages of this policy process different policy tools or instruments, which can be used to influence citizen and organizational behaviour in the light of defined goals, can be applied. The objective of this paper is to introduce and describe policy tools of potential relevance to ISPRM with regard to different policy functions and stages of the policy process.

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