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‘Public goods’, metropolitan inequality and population health in comparative perspective: policy and theory

James R. Dunn and Nancy A. Ross

in Social inequality and public health

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9781847423207
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303398 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847423207.003.0012
‘Public goods’, metropolitan inequality and population health in comparative perspective: policy and theory

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This chapter uses data on income inequality in US and Canadian cities to argue that the relationship between social inequality and broad population health is itself contingent on the character of the societies in which people live: low-inequality countries (like Canada) incubate a culture of social solidarity, which potentially insulates individuals from the negative health effects of social inequality. The discussion argues that it is possible to create a virtuous cycle in which policies that improve everyone's health also promote social solidarity, which not only further improves everyone's health but also creates support for the policies that kicked off the cycle.

Keywords: income inequality; United States; Canada; population health; social inequality; social solidarity

Chapter.  6339 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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