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Health and care in ageing societiesA new international approach$
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Liz Lloyd

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781861349194

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861349194.001.0001

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The policy process in health and care

The policy process in health and care

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Health and care in ageing societies

Liz Lloyd

Policy Press

This chapter focuses on policies as continuous processes, characterised by conflicts of interest and the unequal exercise of power. It is argued that the presentation of demographic trends as a problem to be grappled with by policy-makers coincides with neo-liberal economic agendas to the detriment of older people. The impact of global-level liberalisation of markets and production on health and care policies is considered and a critical analysis is developed of the actions of global actors, including the World Bank, in shaping policies of direct relevance to the health and care of older people. The outputs of the UN and the World Health Organisation are also critically examined for their roles in the policy process and the impact these have on health and age-related inequalities. In this chapter the influence of the capabilities approach on policy-making for health is discussed and the relevance of age to equity in resource distribution is considered.

Keywords:   Policy process, Globalisation, Socioeconomic inequalities, NGOs, Capabilities, Equity

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