A new mode of organizing in health care? Governmentality and managed networks in cancer services in England

Ferlie, Ewan, McGivern, Gerry and Fitzgerald, Louise (2012) A new mode of organizing in health care? Governmentality and managed networks in cancer services in England. Social Science & Medicine, 74 (3). pp. 340-347.

Abstract

We explore the argument that a new mode of health care organizing is emerging which moves beyond the established professional dominance versus New Public Management (NPM) debate. We review Foucault’s work on ‘governmentality’, as applied to health care organizations. We specify two specific Foucauldian themes (the power/knowledge nexus in Evidence Based Medicine (EBM); and the technologies of the clinical managerial self) to analyse organizing in the English cancer services field. We introduce two qualitative case studies of Managed Cancer Networks. We suggest their governance can be fruitfully seen through a ‘governmentality’ lens. We consider implications for developing Foucauldian analysis of health care organizations.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: UK; Cancer services; Health care organizations; Case studies; Foucault; New public management; Orofessional dominance; Governance
Subject(s): Organisational behaviour
Centre: Faculty of Organisational Behaviour
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2013 11:44
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 14:08
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/4812

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