Federalism and Decentralization in European Health and Social Care

Hardcover | December 7, 2012

EditorJoan Costa-Font, Scott L. Greer

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This book integrates two disciplines- economics and political science- to map the past, present and future of the territorial allocation of authority in the decentralized big countries of Western Europe. By comparing different states, attention is drawn to the interesting similarities and differences that exist in the health and social case policies of varying countries in Europe. The result is an analysis that highlights the ubiquity of territorial politics and the necessarily territorial nature of many health and social care policies. By clarifying assumptions that economists, political scientists and practitioners have often introduced into their analyses of decentralization and the allocation of authority in health, this book brings to the fore theoretical discussions from second generation fiscal federalism and new politics of the welfare state alongside both quantitative and qualitative empirical evidence of different European countries that differ widely in institutional design and historical inertias.

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This book integrates two disciplines- economics and political science- to map the past, present and future of the territorial allocation of authority in the decentralized big countries of Western Europe. By comparing different states, attention is drawn to the interesting similarities and differences that exist in the health and social...

Joan Costa Font is a Lecturer at the European Institute, LSE, UK. Scott L. Greer is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan, USA.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:292 pages, 11.13 × 6.31 × 0.97 inPublished:December 7, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230285244

ISBN - 13:9780230285248

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Table of Contents

Health System Federalism and Decentralization: What is it, why does it Happen, and what does it do?; J.C.Font & S.L.Greer

PART I: BACKGROUND

Fiscal and Political Federalism and the Health System; J.C.Font & S.L.Greer
PART II: CROSS-COUNTRY EVIDENCE IN TAX FUNDED HEALTH SYSTEMS

The Italian Servizio Sanitario Nazionale: A Renewing Tale of Lost Promises; G.Turati

Decentralisation and the Spanish Health System: Soft-budget-constraint-modernisation?; J.C.Font

The Rise and Fall of Territory in United Kingdom Health Politics; S.L.Greer

From Centralization to Decentralization and Back: Norwegian Health Care in a Nordic Perspective; J.Magnussen & P.E.Martinussen

PART III: CROSS-COUNTRY EVIDENCE IN SOCIAL INSURANCE SYSTEMS

Decentralisation in Health and Social Care in Poland: does Resource Allocation Matter?; K.A.Kuc-Czajkowska & M.Rabczewska

Federalism in Health and Social Care in Austria; B.Trukeschitz, U.Schneide & T.Czypionka

Federalism and Decentralization in German Health Care Policy; M.Mätzke

Politiques de Santé: The Regional Centralization of French Health Policy; D.K.Jones
Devolution, Nationalism, and the Limits of Social Solidarity: The Federalization of Health Policy in Belgium; J.Laible

Federalism in Health and Social Care in Switzerland; B.Gerritzen

Conclusions; J.C.Font & S.L.Greer