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Welfare state capitalism and health

Clare Bambra

in Work, Worklessness, and the Political Economy of Health

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199588299
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731372 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588299.003.0002
Welfare state capitalism and health

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This chapter examines the development of the welfare state from a political economy perspective. Initially, the emergence of post-war welfare state capitalism is examined, and subsequently international variations — Fordist welfare state regimes — are outlined and compared. The crisis and reform of developed welfare states as forms of labour market regulation and capital accumulation are then examined and contextualized within the wider economic and political structural shifts from Fordism to post-Fordism. The emergence of new forms of welfare — post-Fordist workfare state regimes — is also described. In the final section, the role of the welfare state as mediator in the social determinants of health is outlined and differences in population health and health inequalities by welfare state regime are examined.

Keywords: welfare regime; political economy; capitalism; labour market regulation; welfare reform; capital accumulation; Fordism; workfare state; health; health inequalities

Chapter.  9174 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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