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Marketization by the (rule)book: Concern for market and public values in primary care
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2014 (English)In: Concerned Markets: Economic ordering for multiple values / [ed] Geiger, Susi; Harrison, Debbie; Kjellberg, Hans; Mallard; Alexandre, Edward Elgar Publishing , 2014, 46-71 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Health care provides a fruitful setting for learning about concerns over values. Provision of health care is often thought of as a cornerstone in welfare societies. It is truly a matter of concern, as it regularly resides at the center of political rhetoric, public debate and reform agendas. There are many actors who want to have a say in what constitutes proper conduct in health care, what is financially viable and which health caring activities are worth pursuing before others. Practical considerations of the economics of health care, managerial challenges, along with questions of quality in treatment are never far away. Health care is thus thoroughly saturated with values of very different kinds. Values also matter a great deal in how health care is organized in practice. This chapter builds on a case study of the making of a primary care market in a Swedish county council. More precisely, I have studied how public officials at a Swedish county council HQ design a ‘market device’ (Callon et al., 2007) for the primary care market: a rulebook for authorization of care centers. This rulebook is revised and issued by the county council each year. It consists of nearly 50 pages of guidelines, prices, justifications and more, stipulating the rules for market conduct in the primary care market. It is supposed to regulate the market by codifying the criteria for being granted permission to open a care center in the county.

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Edward Elgar Publishing , 2014. 46-71 p.
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-114484ISBN: 978-17-8254-973-4OAI: diva2:790173


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2. Expressing Concerns over the Incentive as a Public Policy Device, Guus Dix

3. Marketization by the (Rule)book: Concern for Market and Public Values in Primary Care, Linus Johansson Krafve

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5. Engaging Diverging Interests Through Pricing: The Case of Maize for Bioenergy Production in Germany, Jürgen Hauber and Chantal Ruppert-Winkel

6. Credible Qualifications: The Case of Functional Foods, Frank Azimont and Luis Araujo

7. Designing Better Markets for People at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Bottom-up Market Design, Ronika Chakrabarti and Katy Mason

8. Articulating Matters of Concern in Markets: (En)tangling Goods, Market Agencies and Overflows, Winfred Ikiring Onyas and Annmarie Ryan

9. Doing Green: Environmental Concerns and the Realization of Green Values in Everyday Food Practices, Hans Kjellberg and Ingrid Stigzelius

10. Concerned Markets: Facing the Future, Beyond ‘Interested’ and ‘Contested’ Markets, Franck Cochoy


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