The role of civil society in health care reforms: An arena for hegemonic struggles

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Abstract

The present paper argues that current mainstream understandings of civil society as ontologically different from the state and essentially positive (either normative or functionally) are problematic in order to understand the development of health care reforms. The paper proposes to ground an explanation of the role of civil society in health care reforms in a Gramscian understanding of civil society as analytically different from the state, and as an arena for hegemonic struggles. The study of health care reform in Israel serves as a case study for this claim.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-173
Number of pages6
JournalSocial Science and Medicine
Volume123
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2014

Keywords

  • Civil society
  • Health care reforms
  • Hegemony
  • Israel
  • Neoliberalism

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