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Health inequalities: Persistence and change in European welfare states

Johan P. Mackenbach


‘Health inequalities—persistence and change in European welfare states’ studies why frequencies of disease, disability, and premature mortality are higher among people with a lower socioeconomic position, even in countries with advanced welfare states. Drawing upon data from 30 countries covering more than three decades, it provides a comprehensive overview of trends and patterns of health inequalities, showing that these are not only ubiquitous and persistent, but also highly variable and dynamic. It provides a critical assessment of recent research into the explanation of health inequalities ... More

Keywords: health inequalities, health disparities, socioeconomic position, social inequality, social epidemiology, welfare state, theories of justice, public health, health policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198831419
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198831419.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Johan P. Mackenbach, author
Professor of Public Health, Department of Public Health, Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam, Netherlands