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Ciência & Saúde Coletiva

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MULLER NETO, Júlio Strubing  and  ARTMANN, Elizabeth. Policy, management and participation in health: a reflection based on Habermas' theory of communicative action. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2012, vol.17, n.12, pp.3407-3416. ISSN 1678-4561.

The article discusses the appropriation of the theory developed by Habermas to analyze health policies and management. The fundamental concepts of the discursive theory of democracy as a deliberative policy, procedural democracy, the public sphere and civil society are analyzed. An attempt is made to demonstrate that the concepts of deliberative policies are grounded on basic theoretical categories of Habermas's conception of language, namely the theory of communicative action (TCA): lifeworld and system; communicative action and discourse; the ideal speech situation. The possibility of translating the categories presented in analytical categories, such as the experiences of social participation in deliberative forums and the results for the formulation and implementation of policies and health management is discussed. The conclusion drawn is that the theoretical categories reveal great explanatory potential and analytical categories are important provided that they are mediated and contextualized.

Keywords : Democracy; Communicative action; Policy; Health planning and administration; Citizen participation; Health conference.

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