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Invisible hand or fatherly hand? Problems of paternalism in the New Perspective on health.

Weale, A; (1983) Invisible hand or fatherly hand? Problems of paternalism in the New Perspective on health. J Health Polit Policy Law , 7 (4) pp. 784-807.

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Abstract

This article examines the charge that the "New Perspective" on health (as exemplified by the Lalonde Report in Canada, by Prevention and Health in the United Kingdom) represents an abandonment of liberal principles in favor of a collectivist and paternalistic role for the state. It looks first at the problems confronting modern health policy, and at the reasoning behind the New Perspective's approach. It then explores whether and how the charge of paternalism applies to that approach, and just what such a charge implies. The article concludes with a discussion of the "liberal paternalist" viewpoint towards health policy, a viewpoint that combines respect for individual liberty with an interest in taking effective public action to improve the health status of modern populations.

Type: Article
Title: Invisible hand or fatherly hand? Problems of paternalism in the New Perspective on health.
Location: United States
Keywords: Analytical Approach, Health Care and Public Health, Philosophical Approach, Canada, Consumer Participation, Economics, Government, Government Regulation, Great Britain, Health Policy, Humans, Information Dissemination, Intention, Legislation as Topic, Paternalism, Personal Autonomy, Philosophy, Policy Making, Social Control, Formal, Social Justice
UCL classification: UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1300071
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