Citizen's Voice - Analysis of the prospects of deliberative democracy in Finnish health care

The plan of this four-year research project (2011-2014), funded by the Academy of Finland, is to critically investigate the many-sided elements of deliberative democracy within the framework of complex health care issues, in the Finnish context. More specifically the objective of is to gain scientific evidence of how and if the practices of deliberative democracy could be applied in the context of Finnish health care.

The main research questions are as follows;

  1. Can the applications of deliberative democracy serve as a way of expressing the citizen’s voice in Finnish health care? We also have to ask;
  2. What are the multidimensional elements of deliberative democracy, and how are they utilized in the health care of selected countries?

This project is part of HYMY (Health Systems in a changing working enviroment) research group.