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Transnational corporations and oral health: examples from the sugar industry

Kearns, CE; Watt, RG; (2019) Transnational corporations and oral health: examples from the sugar industry. Community Dental Health , 36 (2) pp. 157-162. 10.1922/CDH_SpecialIssueKearns06. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper seeks to describe the political behavior of transnational corporations (TNCs) related to sugars and dental caries. The paper begins by exploring dental caries as a political issue. It then provides a brief overview of key actors (expanders--e.g. public health advocates working to make policy action on sugar likely, and containers--e.g. TNC’s working to prevent policy action on sugar) and the importance of problem defi nition in public policy making. The paper then compares how expanders and containers frame the problem of sugars and dental caries. Based upon a policy analysis framework, categories used to frame problems include incidence, causality, severity, crisis, characteristics of the problem population, values, and solutions. These categories are discussed with application to debates about public policy solutions to the problem of dental caries. It then concludes by highlighting some tensions that remain in tackling dental caries through legislation and regulation.

Type: Article
Title: Transnational corporations and oral health: examples from the sugar industry
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1922/CDH_SpecialIssueKearns06
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1922/CDH_SpecialIssueKearns06
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Sugars, dental caries, food industry, public policy
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Epidemiology and Public Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10079505
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