Democracies: Challenges to Societal Health

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Barbara Wejnert
Emerald Group Publishing, 2011 - Political Science - 184 pages
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Volume 19 in the Research in Political Sociology series is devoted to health problems, challenges and accomplishments in democratic societies. It includes papers addressing health systems, health policies, obstacles to societal healthy behaviors, and/or health conditions that are experienced in democratic societies in the world. The democratic society is understood in a broadly defined term. It includes developed Western democracies, as well as less developed or underdeveloped countries that have democratic system. According to such definition, the category democracies includes democratic countries that have well established democratic system and respect broad network of people rights, as well as democracies that are formally consider democratic states but de facto respect only a few rights or their governments are guided by limited democratic principles. Therefore, the collection of the 19th volume of Research in Political Sociology includes papers addressing these issues in a broad spectrum of countries from India, Sri Lanka and Tanzania, to Sweden, Canada and the United States.
 

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Contents

ISSUES IN HEALTH DEMOCRACY AND DEVELOPMENT
1
FORCED AND CHILD MARRIAGES
11
A WAY TO THE FUTURE?
27
HEALTH SYSTEMS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA AND IN EASTERN EUROPE
43
TRANSFORMATION OF HEALTH SERVICES IN POLAND SINCE 1989 DEMOCRATIZATION
57
THE NUTRITION AND HEALTH OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN THE AFTERMATH OF NATURAL DISASTERS
71
A SOCIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS
89
A CASE STUDY IN RURAL SRI LANKA
103
LESSONS FROM ASIAN TSUNAMI
121
IS THERE ANY FUTURE?
133
HEALTH GENDER AND DEMOCRACY IN NEPAL
161
POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS
173
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Barbara Wejnert is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Transnational Studies at the State University of New York, Buffalo. Her interdisciplinary research is focused on the world-wide diffusion of democracy and globalization of the world and their effect on social inequality. She is an author and editor of ten books on issues of postcommunist transitions, democracy, and global development, and their impact on social inequalities, including gender inequality.

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