Reframing health and health policy in Ireland

A governmental analysis

by Claire Edwards, Eluska Fernandez

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This edited collection is the first to apply the theoretical lens of post-Foucauldian governmentality to an analysis of health problems, practices, and policy in Ireland. Drawing on empirical examples related to childhood, obesity, mental health, smoking, ageing and others, the collection explores how specific health issues have been constructed as problematic and in need of intervention in the Irish State, and considers the strategies, discourses and technologies involved in the art of governing health in advanced liberal democracies. Bringing together academics from social policy, sociology, political science and public health, the text seeks to develop a dialogue about both the nature of health and health policy in the Ireland, but also how governmentality, as a theoretical approach, can contribute to the development of critical health policy analysis.
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Endorsements

Recent years have witnessed the burgeoning of an international literature which develops the potential of Foucauldian-inspired notions of governmentality in order to understand the construction of health problems, policies and practices. Reframing Health and Health Policy in Ireland is the first book to bring these insights to bear on the Irish health policy arena. Drawing on a range of examples, including smoking, obesity, child health, ageing and disability, the collection explores how specific health issues have been constructed as problematic and in need of intervention in the Irish state. The book considers the strategies, discourses and technologies involved in the art of governing health in advanced liberal democracies, and makes an exciting and original theoretical contribution to the study of Irish health policy. Through accessible empirical examples it demonstrates how governmentality can be operationalised and utilised in heath policy analysis. Building on this dialectic between policy and social theory, the authors reflect on the potential of govermentality for developing a critical politics of health policy in Ireland. This study will be of interest to students and academics in social policy, sociology, political science and health-based disciplines, including public health and nursing, and to those concerned with exploring how social theory can be used to re-orientate and develop our understandings of health and social policy agendas and practices. It will appeal to those working within the field of public health who are directly involved with the social and political relation between health problems and policy.

Reviews

Recent years have witnessed the burgeoning of an international literature which develops the potential of Foucauldian-inspired notions of governmentality in order to understand the construction of health problems, policies and practices. Reframing Health and Health Policy in Ireland is the first book to bring these insights to bear on the Irish health policy arena. Drawing on a range of examples, including smoking, obesity, child health, ageing and disability, the collection explores how specific health issues have been constructed as problematic and in need of intervention in the Irish state. The book considers the strategies, discourses and technologies involved in the art of governing health in advanced liberal democracies, and makes an exciting and original theoretical contribution to the study of Irish health policy. Through accessible empirical examples it demonstrates how governmentality can be operationalised and utilised in heath policy analysis. Building on this dialectic between policy and social theory, the authors reflect on the potential of govermentality for developing a critical politics of health policy in Ireland. This study will be of interest to students and academics in social policy, sociology, political science and health-based disciplines, including public health and nursing, and to those concerned with exploring how social theory can be used to re-orientate and develop our understandings of health and social policy agendas and practices. It will appeal to those working within the field of public health who are directly involved with the social and political relation between health problems and policy.

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Bibliographic Information
  • Pub date: May 2017
  • English
  • 9781526116550 / 1526116553
  • United Kingdom
  • Primary Price: 115 USD
  • Manchester University Press
  • Readership: College/higher education; Professional and scholarly
  • Publish State: Published
  • Reference Code: 9424