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Book Co-Authored by Eric Patashnik Wins 2018 Louis Brownlow Book Award

October 4, 2018 National Academy of Public Administration

Eric Patashnik is the Julis-Rabinowitz Professor of Public Policy and the director of the Master of Public Affairs Program. His book, Unhealthy Politics: The Battle over Evidence-Based Medicinewhich was co-authored by Alan Gerber of Yale and Conor Dowling of the University of Mississippi was awarded the National Academy of Public Administration’s 2018 Louis Brownlow Book Award. This award recognizes outstanding contributions on topics of wide contemporary interest to practitioners and scholars in the field of public administration. Unhealthy Politics, which was previously awarded APSA’s Don K. Price book award, draws on public opinion surveys, physician surveys, case studies, and political science models to explain how political incentives, polarization, and the misuse of professional authority have undermined efforts to tackle the medical evidence problem and curb wasteful spending. 


More on the award: 
Since 1968, the National Academy of Public Administration has recognized outstanding contributions to the literature of public administration through presentation of the Louis Brownlow Book Award. The Award recognizes outstanding contributions on topics of wide contemporary interest to practitioners and scholars in the field of public administration. Generally, it is made to an author who provides new insights, fresh analysis, and original ideas that contribute to the understanding of the role of governmental institutions and how they can most effectively serve the public.