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Making Wicked Problems Governable?: The Case of Managed Networks in Health Care

Ewan Ferlie, Louise Fitzgerald, Gerry McGivern, Sue Dopson, and Chris Bennett


This book characterizes the nature of key reforms—namely managed networks—introduced in the UK National Health Service during the New Labour period (1997–2010). It combines rich empirical case material of eight such networks drawn from different health policy arenas with a theoretically informed analysis. It makes three main contributions. First, it argues that New Labour’s reforms included an important network element consistent with underlying network governance ideas, complementing the interpretation of other authors who have stressed either choice and markets or the continuation of NPM. It ... More

Keywords: Health care organizations, New Labour, wicked problems, Managed networks, Governmentality, Network governance, New Public Management, ICTs, Leadership, Organizational learning

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199603015
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603015.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ewan Ferlie, author
Professor of Public Services Management, King's College London

Louise Fitzgerald, author
Visiting Professor (Organizational Change), Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

Gerry McGivern, author
Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour, Warwick Business School