Health Care in America: Separate and Unequal. Armonk, N.Y.: M. E, Sharpe Inc, Publishers, 2008. Coauthored with Mark Rushefsky.




Health Care Politics and Policy in America. Third Edition, Armonk, N.Y.: M. E. Sharpe Inc, Publishers, 2006. Coauthored with Mark Rushefsky.



The Politics of Public Health in the United States, Armonk, N.Y.: M. E. Sharpe, Inc, Publishers, 2005. Co-authored with Mark Rushefsky. 346 pages.

Comment(s): "Patel and Rushefsky's text on the politics of public health is a triumph of scholarly synthesis, a clearly written, comprehensive guide to the ways collective provisions for the health of the population are both understudied politically and underappreciated socially. By concentrating on these twin features of American politics, they provide a much-needed counterweight to the single-minded preoccupation of most commentary on American healthcare's problems and aspirations. This is a book that fills a genuine scholarly gap, for which the authors deserve congratulations." -- Theodore Marmor, Yale School of Management, and author, The Politics of Medicare

"A unique contribution. ... In the face of new challenges such as globalism and bioterrorism as well as old threats such as unsafe food and water, public health remains a vitally important policy area. Understanding the context and dynamics of public health politics will be necessary if significant improvements are to be made." -- Deborah R. McFarlane, University of New Mexico

"The scope of this book is enormously impressive. From bioterrorism to the legal system, genetic testing, personal lifestyles, and the environment, Patel and Rushefsky show why it is in everyone's personal interest that policymakers make public health a greater political priority. The authors also manage to document how the preventive model of public health -- the single biggest contributor to the remarkable improvements in people's quality of health and extended lifespan over the last century -- has become both marginalized and under-funded relative to its more glamorous counterpart: curative medicine. Students and professors are the real beneficiaries of this book, as it synthesizes a vast amount of primary and secondary sources in a well-written and comprehensive manner." -- Rick Mayes, University of Richmond

"Patel and Rushefsky's text does an excellent job in framing the history of public health policy in the United States and the politics behind it. It is a must-read for any public health student who needs a base for understanding the politics of public health and how we got where we are today. It also provides a challenge to public health professionals to get involved in the policy arena, in order to facilitate the needed attention and resources toward public health in the future. Well done." -- Kevin Gipson, Director, Springfield/Greene County (Missouri) Health Department

Review(s): In this informative book, Patel and Rushefsky review the relationship between political processes in the US and the maintenance of public health activities. ...Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. Choice

There is something for everyone interested in public health in the The Politics of Public Health in the United States. Students will benefit from the history of public health... Those who favor greater federal involvement in public health and in health services generally will find reasons and arguments to support it. Those concerned that government programs inevitably bring controls, regulation, and loss of personal freedoms, often with marginal benefits, will want to read this book as well. New England Journal of Medicine, 353:17

This clearly written, easily readable and scholarly book is keyed to public health and politics in the USA and makes a good case for reinvigorating prevention in a system clearly dominated by curative medicine. Aspher Monthly Newsletter

This book is surely strong in its historical overview and political analysis. ...for everyone who is interested in the history of public health in the US, especially in the difficult relationship between health care and public health in America, this book gives a lot of food for thought. International Journal of Public Health in the United States, Vol.6, No.29

Health Care Policy in an Age of New Technologies, Armonk, N.Y.: M. E. Sharpe, Inc, Publishers. 2002. Co-authored with Mark Rushefsky. 439 pages.

Comment(s): "Health Care Policy in an Age of New Technologies is a stimulating presentation of major health care issues and how they are dealt with or ignored by social policy. The research is thorough and the writing is clear and accessible, and provides an excellent foundation for class discussions." -- Christina Gringeri, University of Utah College of Social Work

"I have used the Patel/Rushefsty text ... for my capstone course where I try to integrate all the material from the earlier six classes in health care administration and have the students analyze and display synthesis as they address many global topics related to healthcare and healthcare delivery. The text is an excellent text for that purpose in that it presents a significant array of material in 9 well organized chapters. My approach is to encourage discussion and set up quasi-debates where the pros and cons can be argued and this seems to assist the students in formulating their personal position and to articulate that position. The global presentation in the text is very helpful in the BHC 450 course." -- Michael Sullivan, Methodist College

Review(s): A concise review of health system problems and of the challenges posed by advancing technologies. ... Questions for reflection at the end of each chapter, extensive references, and an appendix with key Web sites enhance the volume. Recommended. Choice

Health Care Politics and Policy in America, Second Edition, Armonk, N.Y.: M. E. Sharpe Inc, Publishers, 1999. Coauthored with Mark Rushefsky. 452 pages.


Politics, Power and Policy Making: The Case of Health Care Reform in the 1990s, Armonk, N.Y.: M. E. Sharpe, Inc., 1998. Coauthored with Mark Rushefsky. 312 pages.


Review(s): This well-executed work contains numerous tables and a chronology to help the reader navigate the complicated maze of health care policy. ... It shows what good policy studies are and provides much valuable information on health care. Highly recommended. Choice

The story of the Clinton plan and its demise has been told by numerous scholars and journalists. Patel and Rushefsky's unique contribution is collecting such explanations and putting them in one place where they can be easily accessed. ... Well-organized and comprehensive. Political Science Quarterly

A synthesis of scholarship on American politics, this volume is exemplary, a useful book for teachers who want to infuse their treatment of American government with interesting, intricate material from the complex politics of health care in this decade. ... These struggles are good cases of American government in action, a window through which American politics can indeed be vividly seen. American Political Science Review

The authors open a window on the changing dynamics of American politics in the 1990s and bring the legislative process to life by tracking the case of health care reform. Abstracts of Public Administration, Development, and Environment

Health Care Politics and Policy in America, First Edition. Armonk, N.Y.: M. E. Sharpe Inc, Publishers, 1995. Coauthored with Mark Rushefsky. 290 pages.


Dimensions of States' Educational and Public Health Policies.  Washington, D.C. University Press of America, 1978.



Refereed Articles/Chapters:




“President Bush and Stem Cell Policy: The Politics of Policy Making.”  White House Studies, vol. 5, no. 1 (2005): 37-52. Co-authored with Dr. Mark Rushefsky.


“Should the Federal Government Ban Cloning? No.” in Robert Watson, ed. Debating the Issues: American Government & Politics.  Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt, 2005.


“Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide Policy in the Netherlands and Oregon: A Comparative Analysis.” Journal of Health and Social Policy.  vol. 19, no. 1 (2004): 37-55.  


“Presidential Rhetoric and the Strategy of Going Public: President Clinton and the Health Care Reform.” Journal of Health and Social Policy vol. 18, no. 2 (2003): 21-42.


“The Canadian Health Care System,” in The International Handbook on Health Policy, pp. 79-98. Edited by Khi Thai, Edward T. Wimberley, and Sharon McManus. Marcel Dekker Press, 2002. Co-authored with Mark Rushefsky.


“Down and Out in America: Children and Health Care,” Journal of Health and Social Policy, vol. 13, no. 4 (2001): 33-56.


“Physicians for the 21st Century: Challenges Facing Medical Education in the United States,” Evaluation and the Health Professions, vol. 22, no. 3 (September 3, 1999): 379-398.


“Health Policy Community and Health Care Reform in the United States.” Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, vol. 2, no. 4 (October 1998): 459-384. Co-authored with Mark Rushefsky.


"Medicaid: Perspective from the States," Journal of Health and Social Policy, vol. 7, No, 3, 1996: 1-20.


[The same article was published as a chapter titled “Medicaid: Perspectives from the States,” in Health and Poverty, edited by Michael J. Holosko and Marvin D. Feit, New York: The Haworth Press, Inc., 1997.]


“A No-Fault Medical Liability in Virginia and Florida: A Preliminary Evaluation,” Evaluation & the Health Professions, vol. 18, No. 2, June 1995: 137-151.


"Do the Media Inform? No," in Controversial Issues in Presidential Selection, pp. 118-130. Edited by Gary Rose. New York: SUNY Press 1991.


"Physicians and DRGS: Hospital Management Alternatives," Evaluation and the Health Professions, vol. 11. No. 4 (December, 1988), pp. 487-505. 


"Is Nursing A Profession: The Results of a Missouri Study," Evaluation and the Health Professions, Vol.10, No. 2 (June, 1987), pp. 206‑226. Co‑authored with William Brown, Jack Knight, and Denny Pilant.  


"Christian Conservatism:  A Study in Alienation and Life Style Concerns." Journal of Political Science, vol.12. No.1 & 2 (April, 1985): 17‑30.  Co‑authored with Denny Pilant and Gary Rose.  

"Intergovernmental Relations in Physician Education and Health Planning:  State Adoption Decisions and the Impact of Federal Programs." Health Policy and Education, 3 (1982):pp.269‑283.  Co‑authored with Roger Durand and Shelly Nelson.  


"Born‑Again  Christians in the Bible Belt:  A Study in Religion, Politics and Ideology."  American Politics Quarterly, Vol. 10, No. 2 (April, 1982): 255‑271.  Co‑authored with Denny Pilant and Gary Rose.  


"Youth, Political Participation and Alienation:  A Case Study of College Students in the Bible Belt."  Youth and Society, vol. 13, No. 1 (September, 1981): 57‑75.  Co‑authored with Gary Rose.  


"A Note on Formalizing and Validating Dynamic Models of Policy‑Making."  Political Methodology. vol. 7, no. 1 (1981):103‑114. Co‑authored with Roger Durand.  


"Some Dynamic Models of State Policy:  Educational Spending in India."  International Journal of Policy Analysis and Information, vol.5, No. 2 (1981): 111‑124.  Co‑authored with Roger Durand. 


"A Comparative Analysis of Public Health Expenditures in the States of India and the United States:  A Two Nation Test of Some Alternative Models." Journal of Political Science, vol. 8, no. 2 (Spring, 1981): 114‑133.  Co‑authored with Roger Durand.  


"Military Professionals as Political Governors:  A Case Study of Contemporary Greece." West European Politics, vol. 3, no. 2 (May, 1980): 188‑202.  Co‑authored with Constantine Danopoulos.   


 "The Concept of Alienation in Marcuse's Philosophy."  The Indian Journal of American Studies.  vol. 10, no. 1 (January, 1980):10‑15.  Co‑authored with Constantine Danopoulos.  


Book Reviews:


Review of Crafting a Cloning Policy: From Dolly to Stem Cell authored by Andrea L. Bonnicksen, Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2002. Published in the Social