Governing beyond markets and managerialism: professions as mediators<sup>1</sup>

Ellen Kuhlmann

in Rethinking professional governance

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9781861349569
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303251 | DOI:
Governing beyond markets and managerialism: professions as mediators1

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This chapter discusses the transformability of professional groups as mediators between the state and its citizens, using Germany as a case study. It attempts to highlight the transformability of the ‘private interest government’ of professions and how it is targeted by institutional pathways of changing professional governance. It brings into view the linkage between policy and professionalism and a potential for modernising health systems. This approach moves beyond the controversies of marketisation/bureaucratic regulation, and the submergence/convergence of health systems and focuses instead on the role of the professions as ‘mediators’ between the state and its citizens.

Keywords: Germany; professional governance; modernising health systems; professionalism; bureaucratic regulation

Chapter.  6099 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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