(De)politicising hospital closures in Scottish health policy 2000-2010

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Abstract

This chapter illustrates the change which occurred when traditions of managing health in Scotland at some remove from public opinion, interacted with the introduction of a new cadre of political leaders, with greater capacity and incentive to scrutinise health decision-making. It demonstrates how ‘new’ political leaders learned how to ‘do politics’ in a ‘new’ political system, drawing on resources of expertise and trust in existing and emerging structures. Hospital closures are difficult political ground across the UK. High profile and often successful campaigns frequently arise in opposition to proposed closures. Within contemporary political science, it has been argued that depoliticisation is a long-standing strategy of government rendered increasingly relevant in the age of the ‘hollowed out state’. The depoliticisation literature is grounded in studies of economic policy but has the potential to open up new perspectives on health policy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDecentring health policy
Subtitle of host publicationLearning from British experiences in healthcare governance
EditorsMark Bevir, Justin Waring
Place of PublicationAbingdon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter8
Pages128-147
ISBN (Electronic)1138232998
ISBN (Print)978-1138232990
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2017

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Governance and Public Policy

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