Health & Welfare Policies

Countries around the world create policies to promote healthy, well-educated, and well-nourished populations, but not all policies are created equal and UCSC researchers are interested in what makes them different and what their divergent outcomes are in terms of health and well-being.

We know that social protection varies widely across countries. Some countries provide free and high-quality healthcare and education, as well as a minimum income to all citizens. Others provide meager benefits to few citizens, and enforce harsh exclusions from healthcare and welfare services on migrants. In some countries the state is the main provider of social protection, while in others it is private-sector providers or the family that have more prominent roles.

We are interested in how these variations shift over time, particularly in the context of globalization and all the associated forms of pro-market policy-making that are widely understood and critiqued in terms of ‘neoliberalism’. Comparisons of social, welfare and healthcare policies in the U.S. and Western Europe with those in Latin America, Eastern Europe, and East Asia also therefore interest our faculty as indicators of broader shifts both towards and away from neoliberal norms.

Christopher Benner

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    • Professor
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    • Environmental Studies Department
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    • Urban studies
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David L Bernick

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    • Associate Teaching Professor
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    • Biomolecular Engineering
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Heather E Bullock

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    • Director, Center for Economic Justice and Action
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    • Psychology Department
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Melissa L Caldwell

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    • Professor
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    • Anthropology Department
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  • Faculty Areas of Expertise
    • Russia
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Carlos E Dobkin

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    • Professor
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    • Economics Department
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    • Computational Economics
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James Battle

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    • Associate Professor
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    • Sociology Department
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  • Faculty Areas of Expertise
    • Sociology
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Shelly A Grabe

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Brent M Haddad

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    • Professor of Environmental Studies
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    • Environmental Studies Department
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  • Faculty Areas of Expertise
    • Water Policy and Management
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Muriam H Davis

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    • Associate Professor
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    • History Department
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  • Faculty Areas of Expertise
    • North Africa
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Grant A Hartzog

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    • Professor
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    • Molecular, Cell, & Developmental Biology Department
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Rebecca A London

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    • Professor of Sociology and Faculty Director Campus + Community
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    • Sociology Department
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  • Faculty Areas of Expertise
    • Schools and Academic Achievement
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Juan Pedroza

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    • Assistant Professor
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    • Sociology Department
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    • Sociology
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Jennifer Taylor

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    • Associate Professor
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    • Film and Digital Media Department
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Megan Colleen Moodie

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    • Associate Professor
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    • Anthropology Department
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    • Ethnography
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Jaimie Morse

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    • Assistant Professor
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    • Sociology Department
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    • Sociology
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Mary Beth Pudup

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    • Associate Professor
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    • Community Studies Program
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S Ravi Rajan

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    • Professor
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    • Environmental Studies Department
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    • Environmental Human Rights
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Alicia Rose Riley

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    • Assistant Professor & Core Faculty in Global and Community Health Program
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    • Sociology Department
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  • Faculty Areas of Expertise
    • Health and Wellness
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Magy Seif El Nasr

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    • Professor and Department Chair
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    • Computational Media
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  • Faculty Areas of Expertise
    • Human Computer Interaction
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Thomas R Serres

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    • Assistant Professor
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    • Politics Department
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  • Faculty Areas of Expertise
    • Comparative Politics
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Nirvikar Singh

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    • Distinguished Professor
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    • Economics Department
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  • Faculty Areas of Expertise
    • Economics
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Matthew B Sparke

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    • Professor
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    • Politics Department
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  • Faculty Areas of Expertise
    • Capitalism
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Anjuli Verma

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    • Assistant Professor of Politics
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    • Politics Department
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  • Faculty Areas of Expertise
    • Law and Policy
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Last modified: Aug 11, 2023