Not originally planned, another CWiPP seminar has been timetabled for the 19th July at 12:30-13:30 in the ICOSS boardroom (ground floor). This is the final seminar of the semester.
The seminar will be given by Dr. Chris Holden, Senior Lecturer in International Social Policy at the University of York. The title of his presentation is "Alcohol industry influence on public policy: a case study of minimum pricing". This links very nicely with the alcohol modelling work undertaken by HEDS that made the news last year, and which is currently being adapted to other countries.
"The talk will present the results of a project investigating the influence of corporate actors on the policy process, with a specific focus on recent debates concerning the potential introduction of minimum pricing for alcohol beverages. Drawing on a series of semi-structured interviews with corporate executives, policy-makers, MPs and public health advocates, it will analyse the tensions between different alcohol industry actors and how these organised themselves politically to represent their interests; how such actors sought to influence public discourse on minimum pricing; and the mechanisms they used to access and influence the policy process."