Research Project Title

The significance of the National Health Service in British politics

Session Type

Traditional Paper Presentation

Research Project Abstract

The research study hypothesis that the NHS is central for British political consensus, yet this is more appearance than reality. This study uses empirical data (e.g., opinion polls and personal testaments) to compare 1) the importance of NHS to the people and its political history; 2) the aspects of the NHS compared to other major political issues; and 3) how the political parties differ in support and strategy for the NHS. This study proposes that the NHS is central to British social policy in the post war period, but the consensus agreements breaks down on party lines on issues of funding and the discourse of privatization.

Session Number

RS9

Location

Weyerhaeuser 304

Abstract Number

RS9-c

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The significance of the National Health Service in British politics

Weyerhaeuser 304

The research study hypothesis that the NHS is central for British political consensus, yet this is more appearance than reality. This study uses empirical data (e.g., opinion polls and personal testaments) to compare 1) the importance of NHS to the people and its political history; 2) the aspects of the NHS compared to other major political issues; and 3) how the political parties differ in support and strategy for the NHS. This study proposes that the NHS is central to British social policy in the post war period, but the consensus agreements breaks down on party lines on issues of funding and the discourse of privatization.