Introduction : consumer groups and the democratization of health policy

Leahy, Michael, Lofgren, Hans and de Leeuw, Evelyne 2011, Introduction : consumer groups and the democratization of health policy. In Lofgren, Hans, de Leeuw, Hans and Leahy, Michael (ed), Democratizing health : consumer groups in the policy process, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, England, pp.1-14.

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Title Introduction : consumer groups and the democratization of health policy
Author(s) Leahy, Michael
Lofgren, Hans
de Leeuw, Evelyne
Title of book Democratizing health : consumer groups in the policy process
Editor(s) Lofgren, Hans
de Leeuw, Hans
Leahy, Michael
Publication date 2011
Chapter number 1
Total chapters 16
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Publisher Edward Elgar
Place of Publication Cheltenham, England
Keyword(s) public policy
health policy
consumer activism
social movements
consumer advocacy
Summary This book examines the important role of consumer activism within health policy in different national contexts. In an age of shifting boundaries between state and civil society, consumer groups are potentially drivers of democratization in the health domain. The expert contributors explore how their activities bring new dynamics to relations between service providers, the medical profession, government agencies, and other policy actors. This book is unique in comprehensively analysing the opportunities and dilemmas of this type of activism, including ambiguous partnerships between consumer groups and stakeholders such as the pharmaceutical industry. These themes are explored within an internationally comparative framework, with case studies from various countries. Students and researchers in the fields of health policy and sociology, public policy and social movements will find this relevant and path-breaking book enlightening. It will also prove invaluable for participants and activists in patient and health consumer organizations.
ISBN 0857931814
Language eng
Field of Research 160510 Public Policy
Socio Economic Objective 940204 Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
HERDC collection year 2011
Copyright notice ©2011, Edward Elgar
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