Professional governance and public control: a comparison of healthcare in the United Kingdom and Germany

Kuhlmann, Ellen and Allsop, Judith and Saks, Mike (2009) Professional governance and public control: a comparison of healthcare in the United Kingdom and Germany. Current Sociology, 57 (4). pp. 511-528. ISSN 0011-3921

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Abstract

Governments across the western world face new demands to achieve greater efficiency and responsiveness in public services. The transformations are most radical and challenging in healthcare where both cost effectiveness and
patient safety are major issues. Drawing on the National Health Service in the UK and the corporatist system in Germany, this article compares the dynamics of changing governance and public control in the context of different national and institutional arrangements. The analysis is based on studies carried out by each of the authors and secondary sources. The article addresses three issues: transformations in the governance of physicians who held a dominant position in healthcare; policies to promote the role of service users in defining the ‘public interest’ and
influencing the decisions of providers; and the professionalization and regulation of a broader range of health professions. The comparison between the two countries
illustrates different institutional pathways to change and different conceptualizations of the ‘public interest’ and how it is represented. This demonstrates that not only the government and service users, but also a variety of professional groups, in advancing their own professional projects, may still fundamentally shape the nature and form of public control and new governance practices.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Germany, healthcare, professional governance, professionalization, public control, UK
Subjects:L Social studies > L420 International Social Policy
L Social studies > L410 UK Social Policy
L Social studies > L430 Public Policy
L Social studies > L431 Health Policy
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:4872
Deposited By: Alison Wilson
Deposited On:24 Jan 2012 21:45
Last Modified:04 Dec 2013 18:39

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