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Published: 28 March 2013

300 Pages


ISBN: 9780199603015

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Making Wicked Problems Governable?

The Case of Managed Networks in Health Care

Ewan Ferlie, Louise Fitzgerald, Gerry McGivern, Sue Dopson, and Chris Bennett

  • Important analysis of current developments in healthcare with important implications for the design of future health policy
  • Strong, recent empirical research base within a range of major organizational case studies in health care
  • Novel interpretation of the impact of New Labour reforms on UK health policy
  • Blends a range of theoretical frameworks from organization studies and sociology, including network theory, Foucault's concept of governmentality, and Knorr Cetina's idea of epistemic communities
  • Discusses the concept of 'wicked problems': problematic situations with no obvious solutions, whose scope goes beyond any one agency, often with conflicting stakeholder interests, where there are major social and behavioural dimensions to be considered alongside clinical considerations.

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