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Governing health and consumptionSensible citizens, behaviour and the city$
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Clare Herrick

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847426383

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847426383.001.0001

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What life is this? Some concluding thoughts

What life is this? Some concluding thoughts

(p.205) Nine What life is this? Some concluding thoughts
Governing health and consumption

Clare Herrick

Policy Press

This chapter provides some concluding thoughts about the book. Both the UK and US are undergoing major governance upheavals. In the UK, the arrival of the coalition government in May 2010 instigated great debate about the future of public services and, therefore, the kinds of behavioural expectations, rights and responsibilities being placed on citizens. In the US, Barack Obama has toiled to push health up the agenda, passing the landmark health care reform bill through the Senate in early 2010 and has since faced constant threats from the Right to repeal these advances. This chapter also revisits the three core contentions of the book before dwelling in greater detail on the key findings and significance of this work. It also takes into account eating, exercising and drinking, as well as discrete lifestyle risks.

Keywords:   UK, US, governance upheaval, health care reform, Barack Obama, eating, lifestyle risks, exercise

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