States of health

Welfare regimes, health and healthcare

Authored by: Clare Bambra , Nadine Reibling , Courtney L. McNamara

Routledge Handbook of the Welfare State

Print publication date:  July  2018
Online publication date:  June  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138631649
eBook ISBN: 9781315207049
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This chapter discusses how health research has influenced the development of welfare state regime typologies, and how these typologies have themselves influenced health research. Three key developments are examined. First, the integration of healthcare services into the welfare state typologies literature; second, the importance of decommodification with regard to health and healthcare; and third, how welfare state regimes have been used by comparative social epidemiologists to examine and explain international differences in population health and health inequalities. The chapter starts with a definition of key terms. It concludes by reflecting on the implications of health research for the further development of welfare state regime typologies and comparative social policy.

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