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    While it can be politically expedient for governments to engage with health inequalities, in a neoliberal world they struggle to realistically propose actions which will substantially reduce them – such as tackling power inequalities, patriarchy-sustaining institutions or class inequality. A dominant ‘policy paradigm’ prioritising economic growth restricts even their ability to imagine alternative, equitable scenarios. In this context, politicians, policy makers and some researchers have devised a parallel fantasy world in which proximal, downstream and easily tackled exposures are put forward as viable solutions to the causes of health inequalities (and sometimes even positioned as the causes). The consequence of this […]
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    When the post war boom ground to an end the initial response was to turn left for solutions. Somehow the capitalists managed to thwart this trend and convinced enough people that neo-liberalism was the way to reenergise economic growth. These ideas prevailed in most developed nations. The promise was that growth was good for all, and if the rich got richer that was fine, so long as the poor got less poor. The promised growth did not happen. The main outcomes were increased predominance of capital over labour and greater inequality. The rich got richer but not through any great […]
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