Colleen M. Grogan and Michael K. Gusmano, Healthy Voices, Unhealthy Silence: Advocacy and Health Policy for the Poor

Author
Michael Givel
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Political Science Quarterly
Volume
123
Issue Number
4
Publication Date
Winter 2008 - 09
Institution
Academy of Political Science
Abstract
Modern adherents of a “Third Way” in American public administration and politics such as the Democratic Leadership Council say they move beyond “left-right debates” and have argued for innovative bottom-up public management instead of what they describe as inflexible and traditional top-down bureaucracies. One key approach to implementing this includes encouraging community nonprofits to play a pivotal role in providing societal services. Contrary to this assertion, Colleen M. Grogan and Michael K. Gusmanoʼs new book finds a lack of a vigorousness of nonprofit public voice for administrative innovation and increased health care services for the poor with Connecticutʼs Medicaid Managed Care Council advisory board from 1995 to 1997. Connecticutʼs proposed program reforms included cost controls, program quality improvements, and greater health care access. Proponents also argued that competitive bidding for service contracts was the best approach to implementing these goals.
Topic
Health
Political Geography
America