Welfare States and Health Care Systems: In Search for Solutions to Social Inequalities in Health

Thursday, 14 July 2016: 10:45-12:15
Location: Hörsaal I (Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG))
RC15 Sociology of Health (host committee)
RC19 Sociology of Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy

Language: English

How do welfare systems impact the social determinants of health? Comparative studies have shown that health inequalities remain a serious problem for countries without mature welfare states as well as for generous welfare states in Europe with universal health care systems. However, at the same time, the great variance in the size of social inequalities in health across countries indicates that these inequalities are amenable to social and health policy intervention. So, why do social inequalities persist and what can we do to reduce them? 
This session invites both theoretical and empirical studies that aim to answer this question. We are interested in studies that examine the mechanisms underpinning welfare state policies, their impact on social inequalities in health as well as papers that explore the intersectionality of socio-economic-, gender- and ethnicity-based health inequalities. Comparative studies as well as single-country case studies focusing on determinants of health inequalities are welcome.
Session Organizers:
Tuba AGARTAN, Providence College, USA and Claus WENDT, University of Siegen, Germany
Claus WENDT, University of Siegen, Germany
Living Institutions: A Life-Course Approach to Evaluating Welfare-State Effects on Health Inequalities
Philipp HESSEL, Harvard University, USA; Jason BECKFIELD, Harvard University, USA
Health Consequences of Losing Job in Europe. Do the Contexts Make the Difference?
Giulia TATTARINI, University of Trento, Italy; Raffaele GROTTI, University of Trento, Italy; Stefani SCHERER, University of Trento, Italy
Conditional and Universal Welfare Benefits in the UK: Social Framings of Entitlement and the Implications for Wellbeing and Inequalities in Health
Katie POWELL, University of Sheffield, USA; Judy GREEN, JUDY, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom; Sarah MILTON, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom; Stefanie BUCKNER, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom; Sarah SALWAY, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom; Suzanne MOFFATT, Newcastle University, United Kingdom
Health Systems and Inequalities in the Southern European Countries
Mauro SERAPIONI, Centre for Social Studies, Portugal
Neoliberalism and the Political and Economic Embedding of the Experience of Diabetes Chronic Illness Management in Bulgaria and the United Kingdom
Ivaylo VASSILEV, University of Southampton, United Kingdom; Anne ROGERS, University of Southampton, United Kingdom