The Mental Health Service Crisis of Neoliberalism - An Antipodean Perspective

International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, Vol. 31, No. 2, pp. 101-115, 2008

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 08/102

33 Pages Posted: 12 Sep 2008

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Terry Carney AO

The University of Sydney Law School

Date Written: September, 12 2008

Abstract

Major transformations in forms of governance of the liberal state have been wrought over the course of the last century, including the rise of neoliberalism and 'new public management'. Mental health too has witnessed change, with pharmacological treatment displacing residential care, a shift to community-based services, 'mainstreaming' with general health care, and greater reliance on civil society institutions such as the family or markets. This paper considers whether mental health law, and its court/tribunal 'gatekeepers', have kept pace with those changes. It argues that the focus of the liberal project needs to shift to measures which will better guarantee access to mental health services, and keep a more watchful eye on both 'hidden' coercion of people on community treatment orders, and passive neglect of human need.

Keywords: mental health, neoliberalism, community care, philosophical grounding, models of reform

JEL Classification: I10, K10, K30

Suggested Citation

Carney AO, Terry, The Mental Health Service Crisis of Neoliberalism - An Antipodean Perspective (September, 12 2008). International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, Vol. 31, No. 2, pp. 101-115, 2008; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 08/102. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1267067

Terry Carney AO (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

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