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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 6: The Politics of Healthcare Policy Making
The Politics of Healthcare Policy Making
The notion of ‘policy’ is both contested in the academic literature (for a review, see Colebatch, 1998) and may be used differently by politicians, civil servants, managers and professionals. At its most general, ‘policy’ may be understood as the means by which politics is connected to government activity in the real world; the Secretary of State for Health does not treat patients, nor does the Home Secretary chase burglars. Some widely (though not universally) agreed characteristics of policy are as follows. First, ‘policy’ usually denotes not just a single decision but rather a stance towards some topic ...