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Who speaks, and in what voice? The challenge of engaging ‘the public’ in health policy decision-making

Who speaks, and in what voice? The challenge of engaging ‘the public’ in health policy decision-making
Who speaks, and in what voice? The challenge of engaging ‘the public’ in health policy decision-making
Despite widespread calls for greater public involvement in governance, especially in relation to health policy, significant challenges remain in identifying any such legitimate ‘public’ voice. This research investigates this problem through a case study. It examines how actors experienced and interpreted a government-commissioned citizen’s jury on health spending prioritization in relation to the work of the local health care consumers’ organization. The analysis highlights an unproductive tension around this encounter, and points to more complementary ways in which such top–down and bottom–up efforts might be coordinated. It, therefore, contributes significantly to efforts to strengthen the public voice in contemporary health governance
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Boswell, John
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Dugdale, Anni
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Boswell, John
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Settle, Catherine
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Boswell, John, Settle, Catherine and Dugdale, Anni (2014) Who speaks, and in what voice? The challenge of engaging ‘the public’ in health policy decision-making. Public Management Review, 1-17. (doi:10.1080/14719037.2014.943269).

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Despite widespread calls for greater public involvement in governance, especially in relation to health policy, significant challenges remain in identifying any such legitimate ‘public’ voice. This research investigates this problem through a case study. It examines how actors experienced and interpreted a government-commissioned citizen’s jury on health spending prioritization in relation to the work of the local health care consumers’ organization. The analysis highlights an unproductive tension around this encounter, and points to more complementary ways in which such top–down and bottom–up efforts might be coordinated. It, therefore, contributes significantly to efforts to strengthen the public voice in contemporary health governance

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e-pub ahead of print date: 30 July 2014
Organisations: Politics & International Relations

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Local EPrints ID: 371697
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/371697
ISSN: 1471-9037
PURE UUID: cf07bd4b-0039-410a-bdae-d984d23a8dae
ORCID for John Boswell: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3018-8791

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Date deposited: 13 Nov 2014 09:33
Last modified: 23 Jul 2022 02:08

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Author: John Boswell ORCID iD
Author: Catherine Settle
Author: Anni Dugdale

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