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The official launch of Democratizing Health, the new book edited by Professor Evelyne de Leeuw of the School of Medicine, along with colleagues Drs Hans Lofgren and Michael Leahy of the School of International and Political Studies, will take place next month.
Published by Edward Elgar Publishers, 'Democratizing Health' examines the important role of consumer activism in healthy policy in different national contexts.
This book examines the important role of consumer activism in health policy in different national contexts. In an age of shifting boundaries between state and civil society, consumer groups are potentially drivers of democratisation in the health domain.
The expert contributors explore how their activities bring new dynamics to relations between service providers, the medical profession, government agencies, and other policy actors. This book is unique in comprehensively analysing the opportunities and dilemmas of this type of activism, including ambiguous partnerships between consumer groups and stakeholders such as the pharmaceutical industry.
These themes are explored within an internationally comparative framework, with case studies from various countries. Students and researchers in the fields of health policy and sociology, public policy and social movements will find this relevant and path-breaking book enlightening. It will also prove invaluable for participants and activists in patient and health consumer organisations..
The official launch of the book in Australia will coincide with the 'Consumers Reforming Health' conference in Melbourne from 18th to 20th of July.