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Main Title: The making of the healthcare self
Subtitle: State metamorphoses, activation, responsibilisation and red-green alliance’s healthcare reforms in Germany
Author(s): Ullrich, Peter
Kausch, Stefan
Holze, Sigrun
Type: Article
Language: English
Language Code: en
Abstract: The coalition government in Germany (1998-2005) of the social democrats and the greens instituted several healthcare reform measures marking a paradigm shift and thus setting the direction of reform for subsequent governments’ healthcare politics. Agreeing with governmentality studies perspectives on recent transformations of govern-ing western democracies that have been analysed as ambiguously offering new opportuni-ties (= more freedom) and bringing new disciplinary measures (= more force), it can be shown that many measures are geared towards the activation and responsibilisation of insurants. In doing so, they produce what we call a “healthcare self”. This is characterised by a feeling of personal responsibility for one’s health, knowledge of options to obtain health, a high degree of reflexivity in health issues and willingness to pay for healthcare costs, because they are seen as an investment in one’s own prosperity. This is founded in a moral discourse and an institutional restructuring, which we consider a sign for a basic metamorphosis of the concept of the state into what we call a new state arrangement.
URI: urn:nbn:de:kobv:83-opus4-72437
Issue Date: 2012
Date Available: 29-Sep-2015
DDC Class: 300 Sozialwissenschaften
Subject(s): Deutschland
Politische Reform
Rot-Grüne Koalition
Green party
Political reform
Social democrats
Journal Title: Hamburg review of social sciences : hrss
Publisher Place: Hamburg
Volume: 7
Issue: 1
Page Start: 52
Page End: 72
Notes: Zuerst erschienen im Hamburg review of social sciences: Ullrich, Peter; Kausch, Stefan; Holze, Sigrun: The making of the healthcare self : state metamorphoses, activation, responsibilisation and red-green alliance’s healthcare reforms in Germany. - In: Hamburg review of social sciences : hrss. - ISSN: 1862-3921 (online). - 7 (2012), 1. pp. 52–72.
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