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The ideas and influence of Alan Williams
Be reasonable - do it my way!

The sign on Alan Williams’ desk revealed his sense of humour, a man who invited and relished debate, but always recognising that intellectual pursuits were a means to a practical end.

Perhaps best known for his work within cost-benefit analysis, Alan Williams was a man of principles who developed guiding values in healthcare economics that embraced and encouraged active intellectual engagement and progression. He was concerned with the philosophical and ethical issues that underpin decision making and his courageous intellectual battles bore new ideas and revised ideology.

This compilation of papers and further discussions arising from the Alan Williams tribute conference provides an analysis of the evolution and current status of key concepts in the field. It is highly recommended for health economics professionals and students.


  • A tribute to our friend and colleague, Alan Williams
  • Citizens, consumers and clients: Alan Williams and the political economy of cost-benefit analysis
  • Alan Williams and cost-benefit analysis in health care: comments on the paper
  • The public-private challenge in health care
  • Discussion of Alan Maynard’s paper: 'The public-private challenge in health care'
  • Resource allocation in health care - Alan Williams decision-maker, the authority, and Pareto
  • Being reasonable about equity and fairness: looking back, and extending the Williams Way
  • Equity and fairness in health and health care: Looking up, and extending My Way: a comment on Aki Tsuchiya and Paul Dolan's paper
  • Putting the 'Q' in QALYs
  • Discussion of Paul Kind’s paper 'Putting the Q in QALYs'
  • The measurement and valuation of public safety
  • Discussion of Paul Dolan and Aki Tsuchiya’s paper 'The measurement and valuation of public safety'

The Ideas and Influence of Alan Williams

The ideas and influence of Alan Williams

  • Authors:
    Anne Mason
    Adrian Towse
  • Publisher:
    Radcliffe Publishing
  • Year:

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