What is Happening in the United States? How Social Classes Influence the Political Life of the Country and its Health and Quality of Life

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Abstract

This article analyses the political changes that have been occurring in the United States (including the elections for the presidency of the country) and their consequences for the health and quality of life of the population. A major thesis of this article is that there is a need to analyse, besides race and gender, other categories of power - such as social class - in order to understand what happens in the country. While the class structure of the United States is similar to that of major Western European countries, the political context is very different. The U.S. political context has resulted in the very limited power of its working class, which explains the scarcity of labor, political and social rights in the country, such as universal access to health care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalInternational Journal of Health Services
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • health care
  • health inequalities
  • social class
  • United States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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