Reform of the New Zealand Health System: problematization, mobilization and change

Alan D. Lowe

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This paper will seek to explicate the changes in the New Zealand health sector informed by the concepts of problematization, inscription and the construction of networks (Callon, 1986; Latour, 1987, 1993). This will involve applying a framework of interpretation based on the concepts of Latour's sociology of translation. Material on problematization and inscription will be incorporated into the paper in order to provide an explanatory frame of reference which will enable us to make sense of the processes of change in the New Zealand health sector. The sociology of translation will be used to explain the processes which underlie the changes and will be used to capture effects, such as changes in policy and structure, producing new networks within which 'allies' could be enrolled in support of the health reforms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-249
Number of pages17
JournalPolicy Studies
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2001


  • changes
  • New Zealand
  • health sector
  • problematization
  • inscription
  • construction of networks
  • sociology of translation
  • policy
  • structure
  • networks
  • health reforms


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