Reciprocal instrumentalism: Scotland, WHO Europe, and mental health

Jennifer Smith Merry, Richard Freeman, Steve Sturdy
2013 International Journal of Public Policy  
This paper explores the relationship between the World Health Organization's Regional Office for Europe (WHO Europe) and Scotland in the context of mental health. Since devolution Scotland has gained autonomy as a constituent country of the UK and has developed a reputation for progressive mental health policy. Scotland has also become increasingly involved in WHO, notably in the development of the Mental Health Declaration for Europe. In this paper we examine the interactions that regulate the
more » ... relationship between these two actors in order to determine how and why the relationship was built. Our analysis draws on interviews with individuals involved in the development of the Declaration and its accompanying Action Plan alongside an analysis of related texts. We observe that the relationship between Scotland and WHO was created and perpetuated through personal communication, meetings and the joint production of documents, in a way that mutually validated the policy aims and agenda of both actors. University of Edinburgh. His research combines perspectives from the history and sociology of medicine and the sociology of scientific knowledge, and focuses on the evolving relationship between medical science, medical practice and medical policy in Britain since the mid-19th century.
doi:10.1504/ijpp.2013.056557 fatcat:uvjhuzf2y5bxfatj32egpzqgke