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Publics and Their Health Systems

Rethinking Participation

  • Ellen Stewart

About this book

Introduction

Drawing on a detailed case study of Scotland's National Health Service, this book argues that debates about citizen participation in health systems are disproportionately dominated by techniques of invited participation. A 'system's-eye' perspective, while often well-intentioned, has blinded us to other standpoints for understanding the complex relationship between publics and their health systems.
 
Publics and Their Health Systems takes a 'citizen's-eye' perspective, exploring not only conventional invited participation, but also the realms of representative democracy, contentious protest politics, and the micro-level tactics used by individual citizens in their encounters with health services. The book highlights more oppositional dynamics than those which characterise much invited participation, and argues that understanding these is a crucial step towards a more inclusive and democratic health system.

Keywords

Public involvement Public engagement Citizen participation Health policy Health Sociology Politics Health Sociology democracy health policy Nation participation Policy politics Protest service sociology work

Authors and affiliations

  • Ellen Stewart
    • 1
  1. 1.University of EdinburghUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-137-46717-1
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-57020-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-46717-1
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