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1From 9 to 12 June 2015, the Revue de la régulation was the privileged partner of the International Conference on Research & Regulation on the theme of “The Theory of Regulation in Times of Crisis” which was held in Paris at Paris Diderot University and at the INALCO. The conference was attended by more than 200 delegates from highly varied horizons, with a particularly large contingent from Asia, notably from China and Japan. The research presented at this conference, the subjects of which were extremely international in nature, will be commented on in this review at a later date.

2This issue of the Régulation Review is devoted to a special feature entitled “The Political Economy of Health care. An exemplary example”, coordinated and presented by Philippe Batifoulier and Jean-Paul Domin.

3In a manner which is more forthright and outwardly apparent than in other areas, health sector economics is an irremedially political discipline. The political economics of the healh sector is not a sub-division of the economics of the health sector as a whole with its own specific methodology forming a field of research in its own right. As it makes the controversial claim that attempting to oppose things political to things scientific is counter-productive, its role is to provide evidence for the social debates provoked by health sector issues. Thus the health sector is a prime example of the irrevocable link between economics and society. This is apparent at two different levels. The way the health sector is studied in economics demonstrates in a nutshell the evolution of the whole science of economics. Furthermore, the study of health-linked issues implies the consideration of a vast range of economic and social problems.

4The feature has attracted a large number of contributions, which have been arranged under three thematic headings, namely Health and Capitalism, Health care and its Industries and Players and Instruments of the Health care System.

5As this issue goes to press our thoughts go to our late colleague François Horn, an economist at Lille 3 University and at the Clersé, who died suddenly in mid-June. He was one of the referees of this special issue on the health sector.

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« Editorial  », Revue de la régulation [En ligne], 17 | 1er semestre / Spring 2015, mis en ligne le 16 juillet 2015, consulté le 25 mars 2017. URL :

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