The book challenges the major positions held in the social and political sciences regarding the nature of power in western capitalist developed countries and its impact on public policy. In great detail and with extensive documentation, the text shows how the welfare state continues to be extremely popular, that the causes of our economic predicament cannot be attributed to the welfare state and that class, continues to have an undiminished relevance in explaining public policies in general and health policies in particular.
1. The 1980 and 1984 US Elections and the New Deal: An Alternative Interpretation.
2. Class Politics and Social Movements in the US.
3. The 1988 US Elections – The Primaries: The Rediscovery of the National Health Program by the Democratic Party, A Chronicle of the Jesse Jackson Campaign.
4. The 1988 Presidential Election.
5. The Welfare State and Its Redistributive Effects: Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution?.
6. Production and the Welfare State: The Political Context of Reforms.
7. Why Some Countries have National Health Insurance, Others Have National Health Services, and the US Has Neither.
8. The 1992 Presidential Election and the Clinton Adminstration Policies: The Politics of Health Care Reform.
"This book should become a very interesting reference in the growing literature of the welfare state. Navarro′s way of analyzing health and social policy issues, while well accepted in Europe, is not frequently heard in the US. His is a strong voice of a committed social reformer speaking with the force of an empirical scientist." Professor Goran Therborn, Gothenburg University