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This chapter deals with neoliberalism and its impacts in terms of inequalities in general, and health inequalities in particular. It begins by describing the historical and political roots of neoliberalism, before moving on to consider the various ways in which ideas associated with neoliberalism have been implemented across different contexts (with a particular focus on the UK and the USA). Next, the chapter draws on empirical data to consider how and why neoliberalism is implicated in the rise in, and persistence of, health inequalities, before reviewing key debates surrounding the pathways linking neoliberal policies and practices with poor health outcomes. The chapter concludes with a critical assessment of public health’s failure to address the links between neoliberal policies/practices and health inequalities, arguing that this has led to an unjustified focus on theories which have little prospect of explaining, or catalysing action to reduce, health inequalities.
|Title of host publication||Health Inequalities|
|Editors||Katherine E. Smith, Claire Bambra, Sarah E. Hill|
|Place of Publication||United Kingdom|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
- public health
- Great Britain
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Explaining Excess Mortality in Scotland and Glasgow
Collins, C., McCartney, G., Walsh, D., Batty, G. D., Levitt, I. & Taulbut, M.
16/06/08 → …
Health inequalities, fundamental causes and power: Towards the practice of good theoryMcCartney, G., Dickie, E., Escobar, O. & Collins, C., 1 Jan 2021, In: Sociology of Health & Illness. 43, 1, p. 20-39 20 p., 2.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review24 Citations (Scopus)
The Policy Discourses that Shaped the ‘Transformation’ of Glasgow in the Later 20th Century: 'Overspill’, ‘redeployment’ and the ‘culture of enterprise’Collins, C. & Levitt, I., 18 Dec 2019, Transforming Glasgow: Beyond the Post-Industrial City. Madgin, R. & Kintrea, K. (eds.). Bristol, UK: Policy Press, p. 21-38 18 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter › peer-review
Recovering the social and historical causes of Glasgow’s excess mortality: Public policies and 'personal' troublesCollins, C. & Levitt, I., 4 Apr 2017, p. 185. 186 p.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Paper › peer-review
More progress needed to ensure Scotland embraces sustainability
Chik Collins & Hartwig Pautz
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Herald follow-up article on research on health in two Ayrshire communities
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