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Neoliberalism and Health: The Linkages and the Dangers

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Ted Schrecker


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© 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. A recent book addresses the health effects of neoliberalism using the provocative rubric of ‘neoliberal epidemics’. This article reviews literature on the health effects of neoliberalism starting with the structural adjustment conditionalities mandated by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. It continues with an analysis of how neoliberalism increases economic insecurity and inequality, and the effects on health, with a section specific to the health impacts of austerity measures undertaken after the financial crisis that began in 2007. The next section considers contemporary trade policy as an embodiment of neoliberal ideology, and reviews current and anticipated health effects. The article concludes with a brief examination of two paradoxes that are evident in the research literature on neoliberalism and health.

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Author(s): Schrecker T

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Sociology Compass

Year: 2016

Volume: 10

Issue: 10

Pages: 952-971

Online publication date: 05/10/2016

Acceptance date: 21/06/2016

ISSN (print): 1751-9020

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


DOI: 10.1111/soc4.12408


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