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Divergence or convergence? Health inequalities and policy in a devolved Britain


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Smith, K. E., Hunter, D. J., Blackman, T., Elliott, E., Greene, A., Harrington, B. E., Marks, L., McKee, L. and Williams, G. H., 2009. Divergence or convergence? Health inequalities and policy in a devolved Britain. Critical Social Policy, 29 (2), pp. 216-242.

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Abstract

Since the advent of political devolution in the UK, it has been widely reported that markedly different health policies have emerged. However, most of these analyses are based on a comparison of health care policies and, as such, only tell part of a complex and evolving story. This paper considers official responses to a shared public health policy aim, the reduction of health inequalities, through an examination of national policy statements produced in England, Scotland and Wales respectively since 1997. The analysis suggests that the relatively consistent manner in which the 'policy problem' of health inequalities has been framed combined with the dominance of a medical model of health have constrained policy responses. Our findings differ from existing analyses, raising some important questions about the actuality of, and scope for, policy divergence since devolution.

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Item Type Articles
CreatorsSmith, K. E., Hunter, D. J., Blackman, T., Elliott, E., Greene, A., Harrington, B. E., Marks, L., McKee, L. and Williams, G. H.
DOI10.1177/0261018308101627
Uncontrolled Keywordsbritain, devolution, policy divergence, critical discourse analysis, health inequalities
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Health
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Social & Policy Sciences
RefereedYes
StatusPublished
ID Code14200

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