What is it about?

A key finding is the importance that politicians, when appearing “backstage”, attach to the prevention of blame from the medical profession. This case illustrates that one has to take into account that priority settings requires various types of skills and knowledges e not only technical but also political and social. Another important lesson points toward the need to broaden the political leadership repertoire, as leadership in the case of priority setting is not about politicians being all in or all out.

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The findings suggest that the subject of “blame avoidance” is more complicated than usually assumed.

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This page is a summary of: Political strategies in difficult times – The “backstage” experience of Swedish politicians on formal priority setting in healthcare, Social Science & Medicine, August 2016, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.06.046.
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