The impact of financialisation on public health in times of COVID-19 and beyond

Gouzoulis, Giorgos and Galanis, Giorgos. 2021. The impact of financialisation on public health in times of COVID-19 and beyond. Sociology of Health & Illness, 43(6), pp. 1328-1334. ISSN 0141-9889 [Article]

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The substantial literature in political economy and soci- ology has shown that the increasing importance of finan- cial activities (financialisation) exhibits significant effects on many socioeconomic conditions. While these condi- tions are relevant to public health, the dominant focus of the literature has been centred on the impact of financial markets on health services and health-care systems. This paper analyses how the financialisation of non-financial corporations, real estate and pensions can worsen public health through the transformation of workplace and living conditions as well as financially dependent social groups' perception of health risk. Our analysis raises several ques- tions which aim to provide the basis of a future research agenda on the effects of financialisation on public and global health.

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financialisation, inequalities, public health, COVID-19

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Institute of Management Studies


30 April 2021Accepted
11 June 2021Published Online
July 2021Published

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26 Jul 2021 10:18

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20 Aug 2021 10:33

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