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Rethinking professional governance

Rethinking professional governance
International directions in healthcare

Ellen Kuhlmann, Mike Saks
Hardback, 256 pages, 240 x 172 mm
09 Apr 2008


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"With a fresh approach to developments in the international context, Rethinking Professional Governance injects new energy into important debates. It will be of great interest to researchers, policy makers and health professionals."
Dr Ellen Annandale, Department of Sociology, University of Leicester, and Editor-in-Chief of Social Science and Medicine

About This Book

This original and innovative book opens up new perspectives in health policy debate, examining the emerging international trends in the governance of health professions and the significance of national contexts for the changing health workforce. In bringing together research from a wide range of continental European countries as well as the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, the contributors highlight different arenas of governance, as well as the various players involved in the policy process. They expand the public debate on professional governance - hitherto mainly limited to medical self-regulation - to encompass a broad span of health care providers, from nurses and midwives to alternative therapists and health support workers. The book provides new data and geopolitical perspectives in the debate over how to govern health care. It helps to better understand both the enabling conditions for, and the barriers to, making professionals more accountable to the interests of a changing public. This book will be a valuable resource for students at an undergraduate and postgraduate level, particularly for health programmes, sociology of professions and comparative health policy, but also for academics, researchers and managers working in health care. 

Author Biography

Ellen Kuhlmann is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath. Mike Saks is Pro Vice Chancellor and Professor of Health and Community Studies at the University of Lincoln.


Introduction: Changing patterns of health professional governance ~ Ellen Kuhlmann and Mike Saks
Part One: New directions in the governance of healthcare: Protecting patients: international trends in medical governance ~ Judith Allsop and Kathryn Jones
Global markets and national pathways of medical re-regulation ~ Viola Burau and Karsten Vrangbæk
Governing beyond markets and managerialism: professions as mediators ~ Ellen Kuhlmann
Trust relations and changing professional governance: theoretical challenges ~ Michael Calnan and Rosemary Rowe
Professionalism meets entrepreneurialism and managerialism ~ Rosalie A.Boyce
Part Two: Drivers and barriers to integration: health policies and professional development: Collaborative care and professional boundaries: maternity care in Canada ~ Ivy Lynn Bourgeault and Elizabeth Darling
Interprofessional relationships: nurses and doctors in Slovenia ~ Majda Pahor
Educating generalists: auxiliary nursing and professional identity in Finland ~ Sirpa Wrede
Culture matters: integration of folk medicine into healthcare in Russia ~ Elena Iarskaia-Smirnova and Pavel Romanov
Policy dynamics: marginal groups in the healthcare division of labour in the UK ~ Mike Saks
Part Three: Workforce dynamics: gender, migration and mobility: Free riders in a fluid system: gender traps in the nursing profession in Norway ~ Rannveig Dahle and Gry Skogheim
From health to tourism: being mobile in the wellness sector in Hungary ~ Katalin Formadi
Migration and occupational integration: foreign health professionals in Portugal ~ Joana Sousa Ribeiro
Professionals in transition: physicians' careers, migration and gender in Lithuania ~ Elianne Riska and Aurelija Novelskaite
Conclusion: Health policy and workforce dynamics: the future ~ Ellen Kuhlmann and Mike Saks.


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