Civic republican medical ethics

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This article develops a civic republican approach to medical ethics. It outlines civic republican concerns about the domination that arises from subjection to an arbitrary power of interference, while suggesting republican remedies to such domination in healthcare. These include proposals for greater review, challenge and pre-authorisation of medical power. It extends this analysis by providing a civic republican account of assistive arbitrary power, showing how it can create similar problems within both formal and informal relationships of care, and offering strategies for tackling it. Two important objections to civic republican medical ethics-that it overvalues independence and political participation in healthcare-are also considered and rebutted.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-59
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Medical Ethics
Issue number1
Early online date29 Sept 2016
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2016


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