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Social inequality and public health$
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Salvatore J. Babones

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847423207

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847423207.001.0001

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What the public needs to know about social inequality and public health

What the public needs to know about social inequality and public health

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(p.231) Sixteen What the public needs to know about social inequality and public health
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Social inequality and public health
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Salvatore J. Babones

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847423207.003.0016

This chapter argues that the stakes of inaction on policies to promote public health are nothing less than the health of the world's democracies themselves. What the public needs to know about social inequality and public health is that the obvious policy solutions, however unlikely they may seem on the surface, should actually be quite easy to implement in democratic societies. They are policies that would benefit an overwhelming majority of the electorate to the detriment of very small minorities that are very well positioned to bear the costs. At the core of the new public health is the realisation that public health is a public good.

Keywords:   public health, world democracies, public good, social inequality

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