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Health status and the worlds of welfare

Bambra, C.

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C. Bambra


One of the most substantial additions made by the 'three worlds of welfare' thesis to the welfare state modelling business is that comparisons should examine what welfare states actually do rather than how much they are afforded or which services they provide. This paper extends this basic principle by comparing the health outcomes (measured in terms of infant mortality rates) of welfare states and welfare state regimes. It examines whether there are significant differences in health status between the 'three worlds of welfare' and to what extent a relationship exists between health and decommodification. It concludes by reflecting upon the implications for the 'three worlds of welfare'.


Bambra, C. (2006). Health status and the worlds of welfare. Social Policy and Society, 5(1), 53-62.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2006
Deposit Date Nov 7, 2008
Publicly Available Date Nov 7, 2008
Journal Social Policy and Society
Print ISSN 1474-7464
Electronic ISSN 1475-3073
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 5
Issue 1
Pages 53-62


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