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Speaking to powerAdvocacy for health and social care$
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David Donnison

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420381

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420381.001.0001

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Looking ahead

Looking ahead

(p.145) ten Looking ahead
Speaking to power

David Donnison

Policy Press

This chapter looks back to the origins of the advocacy movement and asks where it is going, what contributions it should make to the wider society, and how it should relate to other strategies for making public-service professions more accountable and responsive. It concludes that advocacy should not become part of the systems that divide a society and disempower its more vulnerable citizens. It should help to reverse, not reinforce, the inverse care laws that so often operate within our public services. The concerns for human rights and social justice that inspired the pioneers in this field must not be forgotten.

Keywords:   advocacy service, advocacy movement, public service

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