The public healthcare sector and governance in South Africa

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Melody Brauns (2015)
  • Publisher: Publishing house "Virtus Interpress"
  • Journal: Journal of Governance and Regulation (issn: 2220-9352, eissn: 2306-6784)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.22495/jgr_v4_i2_c1_p3
  • Subject: Bureaucracy | New Public Management | Healthcare | Public Health Sector | Organizational behaviour, change and effectiveness. Corporate culture | HD58.7-58.95 | Finance | HG1-9999

This article reviews literature on governance in order to facilitate an analysis of the governance of the South African public healthcare sector. Some of the key theoretical perspectives have been presented on how best to organise the state and its bureaucracy. Theorists have long interrogated in what way public institutions foster or impede economic growth. Evans and Rauch point out for example, that the role of bureaucratic authority structures in facilitating economic growth has been a sociological concern since Max Weber’s classic contributions almost 100 years ago. These debates and others are explored in this article with specific reference to the provision of equitable public healthcare. Weber’s theory on rational bureaucracy as well as New Public Management will be reviewed as these theories offer two distinct approaches to governance
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