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Introduction: the role of civil society in healthcare systems reforms

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JournalSocial Science & Medicine
DateE-pub ahead of print - 23 Oct 2014
DatePublished (current) - Dec 2014
Number of pages8
Pages (from-to)160-167
Early online date23/10/14
Original languageEnglish


The articles in this Special Issue of Social Science & Medicine document the influence of the growing involvement of civil society in the health sector internationally. They examine the multiple, and, in some cases contested, roles that civil society organisations (CSOs) can play in response to both demand-related strains on health systems and changes in the role and structures of the state. To set a context for the articles which follow, this introduction situates civil society and CSOs generally within the contemporary crisis of health systems and considers their role as a tool of health governance. It also draws attention to the contested theoretical and definitional issues surrounding research and practice on the role of CSOs in the delivery of care and health advocacy and their place in health systems reform.

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  • Health systems

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