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The policy process in health and care

Liz Lloyd

in Health and care in ageing societies

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9781861349194
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781447307600 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861349194.003.0004
The policy process in health and care

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This chapter focuses on policies as continuous processes, characterised by conflicts of interest and the unequal exercise of power. It is argued that the presentation of demographic trends as a problem to be grappled with by policy-makers coincides with neo-liberal economic agendas to the detriment of older people. The impact of global-level liberalisation of markets and production on health and care policies is considered and a critical analysis is developed of the actions of global actors, including the World Bank, in shaping policies of direct relevance to the health and care of older people. The outputs of the UN and the World Health Organisation are also critically examined for their roles in the policy process and the impact these have on health and age-related inequalities. In this chapter the influence of the capabilities approach on policy-making for health is discussed and the relevance of age to equity in resource distribution is considered.

Keywords: Policy process; Globalisation; Socioeconomic inequalities; NGOs; Capabilities; Equity

Chapter.  10406 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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