This book provides a critical assessment of developments in health and healthcare policy. Primarily focusing on the UK, the chapters cover issues such as the policy-making process; the development of the NHS; health care governance; health promotion; and the comparative analysis of health care systems within the EU and US. Each chapter brings together social and political themes to offers a unique combination of theory, historical detail, and wider social commentary.

The Role of the State: Theory and Practice

The role of the state: Theory and practice

Chapter Contents

  • Introduction
  • Theorising the modern state
  • Case study: Adopting a path-dependency approach in comparing British health policy in the 1950s with that of the 1980s
  • Conceptualising the role of the welfare state in healthcare provision
  • Summary


Building on the general theories of power explored in the previous chapter, ...

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