Events, Public Discourses and Responsive Government: Quality Assurance in Health Care in England, Sweden and Japan

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Title: Events, Public Discourses and Responsive Government: Quality Assurance in Health Care in England, Sweden and Japan
Authors: Kodate, Naonori
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Date: Dec-2010
Online since: 2013-11-05T08:46:23Z
Abstract: One would expect the common agenda of improving the quality of care in hospital sectors across nations to bring about a convergence of their quality assurance systems. However, one finds great variations in the ways in which such schemes are constructed and communicated to the general public in different countries. This paper examines three universal health care systems (England, Sweden and Japan) and explores the degree to which political institutions and public opinions affect the processes of quality assurance system building within them. It argues that the inputs from governments in response to public concerns are the key to understanding the changes in this seemingly profession-dominated policy domain; therefore policy changes are significantly affected by dynamic interactions between events, public discourses and governance structures within these countries. The findings also demonstrate that public access to information has begun to have a large impact on policy debates in all three countries.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Journal: Journal of Public Policy
Volume: 30
Issue: 3
Start page: 263
End page: 289
Copyright (published version): Cambridge University Press 2010
Keywords: AccountabilityInstitutionsQuality assuranceHealth care policy
DOI: 10.1017/S0143814X10000115
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice Research Collection

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