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Mark Schlesinger, PhD

Professor of Public Health (Health Policy)

Research Summary

Professor Schlesinger's research focuses on three topics. The first explores ways in which the general public and policymakers make sense of and communicate about complex social issues, as well as how they evaluate policies to address those issues. This research examines the determinants of public opinion, the role of political framing, and the importance of norms of fairness in policy assessment. The second set of research examines the impact of ownership on the delivery of health and social services. These studies explore the comparative performance of nonprofit, for-profit and public health care agencies, the nature of public expectations involving ownership, and the extent to which ownership is related to trust in and trustworthiness of medical care. The third set of research examines the attitudinal and behavioral underpinnings of medical consumerism, comparing the effectiveness of exit versus voice to improve medical markets, and identifying the barriers to effective consumer empowerment.

Research Interests

Consumer Behavior; Health Policy; Ownership; Patient Advocacy; Policy Making; Public Opinion

Public Health Interests

Health Policy

Selected Publications

  • Schlesinger Insecure alliances: Risk, inequality, and support for the welfare stateRehm, P., J.S. Hacker and M. Schlesinger Insecure alliances: Risk, inequality, and support for the welfare state American Political Science Review 2012;106(2): 386 – 406
  • The economic security index: A new measure for research and policy analysis.Hacker, J, G, Huber, A, Nichols, P Rehm, M Schlesinger, R Valletta and S. Craig. The economic security index: A new measure for research and policy analysis. The Review of Income and Wealth 2014; 60: (Suppl): S5-S32.
  • Nonprofit Organizations and Health Care: The Paradox of Persistent Attention.Schlesinger, M., and Gray, B. Nonprofit Organizations and Health Care: The Paradox of Persistent Attention. In: The Nonprofit Sector: A Research Handbook, 2nd Edition, W.W. Powell and R. Steinberg (Eds.). New Haven: Yale University Press, in press, 2005