In the last two decades of the 20th century, we witnessed a dramatic growth in social inequalities within and among countries. This has had a most negative impact on the health and quality of life of large sectors of the populations in the developed and underdeveloped world. This volume analyzes the reasons for this increase in inequalities and its consequences for the well-being of populations. Scholars from a variety of disciplines and countries analyze the different dimensions of this topic.

chapter |9 pages


ByVicente Navarro

part 1|20 pages

Review of the Research

part II|139 pages

Causes for the Growth of Inequalities and Their Impact on Health and Quality of Life

chapter Chapter 2|75 pages

Neoliberalism, "Globalization," Unemployment, Inequalities, and the Welfare State

ByVicente Navarro

chapter Chapter 3|11 pages

Health and Equity in the World in the Era of "Globalization"

ByVicente Navarro

chapter Chapter 4|49 pages

The Political Economy of the Welfare State in Developed Capitalist Countries

ByVicente Navarro

part III|100 pages

Critique of International Agencies: WHO, PAHO, World Bank, IMF, UNICEF, and UNDP

chapter Chapter 5|7 pages

Ravaging the Poor: The International Monetary Fund Indicted by Its Own Data

ByGabriel Kolko

chapter Chapter 6|10 pages

World Bank Education Policy: Market Liberalism Meets Ideological Conservatism

ByAdriana Puiggrós

chapter Chapter 7|18 pages

Market Commodities and Poor Relief: The World Bank Proposal for Health

ByAsa Cristina Laurell, Oliva López Arellano

part IV|51 pages

Neoliberalism and Social and Health Policy

chapter Chapter 11|20 pages

The Mexican Social Security Counterreform: Pensions for Profit

ByAsa Cristina Laurell

chapter Chapter 12|18 pages

Remaking Medicare: The Voucher Myth

ByJonathan Oberlander

chapter Chapter 13|11 pages

A Slippery Slope: Economists and Social Insurance in the United States

ByRichard B. Du Boff

part V|77 pages

Debate on Pathways of Social Inequalities and Health

chapter Chapter 16|33 pages

The Social Class Determinants of Income Inequality and Social Cohesion

ByCarles Muntaner, John Lynch, Gary L. Oates

part VI|94 pages

Analysis of Proposed Solutions: The Importance of the Political Context

chapter Chapter 17|16 pages

The Political Context of Social Inequalities and Health

ByVicente Navarro, Leiyu Shi

chapter Chapter 18|10 pages

Is There a Third Way? A Response to Giddens's the Third Way

ByVicente Navarro

chapter Chapter 19|31 pages

Toward an Ecosocial View of Health

ByRichard Levins, Cynthia Lopez

chapter Chapter 20|14 pages

Development and Quality of Life: A Critique of Amartya Sen's Development as Freedom

ByVicente Navarro