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The Potential of Path Dependence in Political Studies
This article explores the difficulties with both the theoretical content and application of the concept of ‘path dependence’ in political studies, but suggests that, by combining it with insightsExpand
Agency, social theory and social policy
Social policy writers appear to be increasingly concerned with theories of human agency and their implications for the discipline. This article considers a recent model of agency presented byExpand
Theorising path‐dependency: how does history come to matter in organisations?
Contends that path‐dependency provides an accurate, but under‐theorised description of organisational behaviour. By incorporating insights from actor‐network theory, we can better understand theExpand
Markets in the public sector : when do they work, and what do we do when they don't ?
There is a danger that we have become so used to the idea of markets in the public sector that they become taken for granted. This article first problematises the terms 'market' and 'public', beforeExpand
Designing Social Research: A Guide for the Bewildered
Introduction to Social Research Design - Or What Are You Talking About? Introduction Defining terms Some general points about research questions Some other general guidelines Some practical examplesExpand
Patient Choice in the NHS: The View from Economic Sociology
This paper utilises Callon's economic sociological framework to examine a series of interviews with parents in Bristol, UK, discussing with them their attitude to choice of GP and primary school. TheExpand
Towards a history of choice in UK health policy.
  • I. Greener
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Sociology of health & illness
  • 1 April 2009
Examining health policy documents from the period in which the NHS was planned through to New Labour's reforms, it is suggested that health consumerism is a process that has gradually appeared in the NHS through an extension of the choices offered to patients and the terms on which they were offered. Expand
Are the assumptions underlying patients choice realistic?: a review of the evidence.
  • I. Greener
  • Medicine
  • British medical bulletin
  • 1 September 2007
It is suggested that policies to increase patient choice require a significant investment in terms of restructuring primary-care services to allow them to happen, as well as to present relevant information to patients, but that patients may not want to make choices about where and what type of treatment they receive for the most part. Expand
Health management as strategic behaviour
This article presents an analysis of health management based on interviews with senior NHS managers in a number of Hospital Trusts between 2001 and 2003 as a part of an ongoing study to investigateExpand
Understanding NHS reform : the policy-transfer, social learning and path dependency perspectives.
This paper utilizes three perspectives in analyzing health policy in the U.K. during the formulation of the "internal market" reforms of the late 1980s and early 1990s: policy transfer, socialExpand