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The health debatePolicy & Politics in the Twenty-First Century$
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David J. Hunter

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781861349293

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861349293.001.0001

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The health debate: what and where next?

The health debate: what and where next?

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(p.179) 7 The health debate: what and where next?
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The health debate
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David J. Hunter

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861349293.003.0007

This chapter provides an assessment of the current state of the health debate in Great Britain. It discusses some of the key elements of the policy cleavages considered in the preceding chapters and highlights the relevance and importance of Robert Alford's framework and his political analysis perspective as an aid to understanding health systems. It also offers an alternative approach to the pervasive influence of markets and competition in health system reform to illustrate the essentially political nature of health system reform and one that is far from being evidence based.

Keywords:   health debate, Great Britain, policy cleavage, Robert Alford, political analysis, health system

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