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Social capital, community empowerment and public health: policy developments in the UK since 1997

Social capital, community empowerment and public health: policy developments in the UK since 1997
Social capital, community empowerment and public health: policy developments in the UK since 1997
The use made of social capital in UK health policy by New Labour has been criticised as evidence of an ideological retreat away from traditional social democracy. This article argues that the influence of the concept on policy development in the public health field has, in fact, the potential to complement, rather than provide an alternative to, social democratic approaches. Its operationalisation in the establishment of local health initiatives, when combined with the broader policy framework, appears to reinforce the gradual shift in UK primary care towards a more public health orientation, a shift generally regarded as vital for the secure establishment of health inequalities on the UK health agenda.
social capital, health, empowerment
27-50
Bridgen, P.
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Bridgen, P.
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Bridgen, P. (2006) Social capital, community empowerment and public health: policy developments in the UK since 1997. Policy and Politics, 34 (1), 27-50. (doi:10.1332/030557306775212098).

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The use made of social capital in UK health policy by New Labour has been criticised as evidence of an ideological retreat away from traditional social democracy. This article argues that the influence of the concept on policy development in the public health field has, in fact, the potential to complement, rather than provide an alternative to, social democratic approaches. Its operationalisation in the establishment of local health initiatives, when combined with the broader policy framework, appears to reinforce the gradual shift in UK primary care towards a more public health orientation, a shift generally regarded as vital for the secure establishment of health inequalities on the UK health agenda.

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Published date: 2006
Keywords: social capital, health, empowerment

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Local EPrints ID: 39778
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/39778
PURE UUID: 812db81d-ffe9-42c4-826d-05a539fe17b9
ORCID for P. Bridgen: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6039-3254

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Date deposited: 29 Jun 2006
Last modified: 26 Nov 2019 01:55

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