Populism and health inequality in high-income countries

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Populism and health inequality in high-income countries. / Lindström, Martin.

In: SSM - Population Health, Vol. 11, 100574, 08.2020.

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T1 - Populism and health inequality in high-income countries

AU - Lindström, Martin

PY - 2020/8

Y1 - 2020/8

N2 - The rise of populist parties and movements in general and right-wing populist parties in particular has been noted also in the public health literature. While economic and other factors behind the populist surge have been systematically analyzed in the political and social science literature, the understanding of this political phenomenon seems weak in important parts of the public health literature. The lack of analysis of economic effects on health inequity of immigration of people with low levels of work skills to many high-income countries is given with the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health report as an example. Public health scholars should be able to fully analyze all effects on health inequity within countries. Public health scholars and professionals may lose credibility if they do not fully assess all relevant determinants, and the investigation of health inequity within countries should consider all systemic roots. Health inequity between countries is a crucial issue and should be addressed through international cooperation between countries, regions and international organizations. The approach from political science and social science should be adopted.

AB - The rise of populist parties and movements in general and right-wing populist parties in particular has been noted also in the public health literature. While economic and other factors behind the populist surge have been systematically analyzed in the political and social science literature, the understanding of this political phenomenon seems weak in important parts of the public health literature. The lack of analysis of economic effects on health inequity of immigration of people with low levels of work skills to many high-income countries is given with the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health report as an example. Public health scholars should be able to fully analyze all effects on health inequity within countries. Public health scholars and professionals may lose credibility if they do not fully assess all relevant determinants, and the investigation of health inequity within countries should consider all systemic roots. Health inequity between countries is a crucial issue and should be addressed through international cooperation between countries, regions and international organizations. The approach from political science and social science should be adopted.

KW - Commission on social determinants of health

KW - Health inequality

KW - Inequity

KW - Political bias

KW - Populism

KW - Public health

KW - Socioeconomic status

KW - Sweden

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85082698774&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1016/j.ssmph.2020.100574

DO - 10.1016/j.ssmph.2020.100574

M3 - Article

VL - 11

JO - SSM - Population Health

JF - SSM - Population Health

SN - 2352-8273

M1 - 100574

ER -