Health and inequality

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Until the beginning of the twenty-first century, health policy was neglected by most
students of International Political Economy (IPE) and European Political Economy
(EPE). However, due to increased transnational risks to the political and economic
well-being of citizens posed by pandemics such as COVID-19 and the rise in noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) across the globe, the determinants of health started to spill over national borders. At the same time, because of the marketization and privatization of health care, private actors started to play a more prominent role in health policy. As a result, IPE/EPE scholars started to pay more attention to health as a field of inquiry. In this Chapter, I set out the main themes defining health policy as a growing field of scholarship within EPE using four theoretical approaches: European Open Economy Politics, Growth Models EPE, Ideational EPE, and Critical and Feminist EPE. I will also discuss potential avenues for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Political Economy
Subtitle of host publicationTheoretical Approaches and Policy Issues
EditorsManuela Moschella, Lucia Quaglia, Aneta Spendzharova
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9780192846426
Publication statusPublished - 22 Dec 2023

Cite this