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252 Pages

9.7 x 6.7 inches

ISBN: 9780198831419


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Health inequalities

Persistence and change in modern welfare states

Johan P. Mackenbach

  • Presents a new, in-depth analysis of the causes of health inequalities, placed in the context of wider social inequality
  • Challenges the notion that there is a direct causal effect of socioeconomic disadvantage on health, and explores other forces at play - such as changes in the structure of society and differences in the pace of health improvement
  • Explores the paradox of the continued persistence of health inequalities in the advanced welfare states of Western Europe
  • Draws from a unique series of studies covering 30 European countries and more than three decades of observations
  • Critically reviews recent research findings from a wide range of disciplines, including epidemiology, sociology, psychology, philosophy, economics, and genetics
  • Broad, comparative view helps policy-makers and public health practitioners in different countries to identify priorities for their own regions
  • Reviews recent attempts by European countries to reduce health inequalities, and considers possible future welfare reforms
  • Clear summaries and an accessible writing style suited to both academic and non-academic audiences
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