The purpose of the article is to present different conceptualizations of health as a public good. Author considers whether analytical tools and conceptual framework developed in the studies on the issue of public goods might be useful in order to analyze health. It was noted that health belongs to the special group of exceptional goods, since it carries the characteristics of both private and public good. It was emphasized that the distribution of public goods is a complex issue that requires an appropriate system of incentives as well as instruments in charge of its proper functioning. In the article it is argued that the widespread social anxiety and growing fear of further integration and globalization to a large extend results from the wrong management and unequal provision of global public goods.
Discusses the challenges to the central English state concerning the delivery of public goods & services. The shift from neoliberalism to New Labour is recounted, with attention to problems of the top-down & bottom-up approaches & limits of public service reform. Current efforts to improve public services include reformed centralism, a new localism, & personalization, & the state's overall objective should be to influence its citizenry for responsible self-regulation & increase in the public good. L. Collins Leigh
Contends that children must be considered a public good requiring a collective effort to address their needs. Areas where the family-centered form of childrearing falls short of meeting children's needs include child poverty & quality child care. It is argued that public investment can address shortfalls in these areas, but the national mindset regarding the value of children must change for there to be appropriate legislative action with respect to family leave, fair wages & working hours, & the child care system. J. Zendejas