- Subject index
Written by leading academics in their field this book provides a clear and considered overview of the politics of health care in Britain. Bringing together a wide range of material on both past events and recent developments, the chapters cover issues such as the politics of health professionalism, clinical knowledge, and organization and management.
Chapter 5: The Politics of Democracy and Participation
The Politics of Democracy and Participation
Public and user ‘involvement’ refers to participation in some aspect of the governance, design or availability of public services, that is as something more than simply using the service. It relates both to contemporary debates about appropriate governance for specific services such as the NHS and to broader debates about democracy and citizenship in the UK. The latter can perhaps be summarised as manifesting a growing interest in ‘participatory’ democracy, that is treating public policy as the occasion for public education ‘in the widest sense, including both the psychological aspect and gaining of practice in ...