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Hidden convergence: towards a historical comparison of US and UK health policy

Glennerster, Howard and Lieberman, R. (2011) Hidden convergence: towards a historical comparison of US and UK health policy. Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, 36 (1). pp. 5-31. ISSN 0361-6878

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Abstract

The social science literature on the comparative history of the welfare state offers conflicting accounts of the relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom. At first blush, the comparative history of health care policy in the United States and the United Kingdom seems to affirm the dominant view that the U.S. and U.K. welfare states have diverged substantially during the twentieth century. A comparison of U.S. and U.K. health policy, however, suggests that there are more parallels and points of tangency between the two systems than are readily apparent. The comparative history of health policy over the past century reveals common political and policy challenges and frequent interchanges of policy ideas, and helps uncover the political dynamics behind the development of health policy in the two countries, which can, in turn, help illuminate the contemporary politics of reform in both countries.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://jhppl.dukejournals.org/
Additional Information: © 2011 Duke University Press
Library of Congress subject classification: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Research centres and groups > Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2011 14:56
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/31358/

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