Health politics and deliberative techniques

John Parkinson

in Deliberating in the Real World

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780199291113
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191604133 | DOI:
Health politics and deliberative techniques

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This chapter explores the context of the cases, setting out the history of patient involvement initiatives and deliberative experiments in the UK. It highlights the antipathy to interest groups and the ‘research orientation’ of those experiments, and the effects that orientation has had on limiting the scope and agenda of deliberation. It argues that whether deliberation occurs at the local level or at the centre matters a great deal, but that deliberative experiments tend to be at least as much about resource battles between the centre and the periphery as responding to citizens’ needs.

Keywords: deliberative democracy; deliberation; National Health Service; new public management; public involvement; patient involvement; interest groups; agenda-setting; centre-periphery relations; localism

Chapter.  10650 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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