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Was Mackenbach right? Towards a practical political science of redistribution and health inequalities

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Ted Schrecker



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© 2017 Elsevier Ltd In 2010, Mackenbach reflected on England's lack of success in reducing health inequalities between 1997 and 2010, asserting that “it is difficult to imagine a longer window of opportunity for tackling health inequalities”; asking “[i]f this did not work, what will?”; and concluding that reducing health inequalities was not politically feasible at least in that jurisdiction. Exploring the empirics of that observation offers a window into the politics of reducing health inequalities. For purposes of future comparative research, I outline three (not mutually exclusive) perspectives on political feasibility, identify their implications for a political science of health inequalities, and explore what they mean for advocacy in support of reducing those inequalities.

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Author(s): Schrecker T

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Health and Place

Year: 2017

Volume: 46

Pages: 293-299

Print publication date: 01/07/2017

Online publication date: 06/07/2017

Acceptance date: 22/06/2017

Date deposited: 12/10/2017

ISSN (print): 1353-8292

ISSN (electronic): 1873-2054

Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2017.06.007


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