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The Body Economic: Why Austerity Kills Politicians have talked endlessly about the seismic economic and social impacts of the recent financial crisis, but many continue to ignore its disastrous effects on human health and have even exacerbated them, by adopting harsh austerity measures and cutting key social programs at a time when constituents need them most The result, as pioneering public health experts David Stuckler and Sanjay Basu reveal in this provocative book, is that many countries have turned their recessions into veritable epidemics, ruining or extinguishing thousands of lives in a misguided attempt to balance budgets and shore up financial markets Yet sound alternative policies could instead help improve economies and protect public health at the same timeIn The Body Economic, Stuckler and Basu mine data from around the globe and throughout history to show how government policy becomes a matter of life and death during financial crises In a series of historical case studies stretching from s America, to Russia and Indonesia in the s, to present day Greece, Britain, Spain, and the US Stuckler and Basu reveal that governmental mismanagement of financial strife has resulted in a grim array of human tragedies, from suicides to HIV infections Yet people can and do stay healthy, and even get healthier, during downturns During the Great Depression, US deaths actually plummeted, and today Iceland, Norway, and Japan are happier and healthier than ever, proof that public wellbeing need not be sacrificed for fiscal healthFull of shocking and counterintuitive revelations and bold policy recommendations, The Body Economic offers an alternative to austerity one that will prevent widespread suffering, both now and in the future

About the Author: David Stuckler

David Stuckler, PhD, MPH, HonMFPH, FRSA is a Professor of Political Economy and Sociology at University of Oxford and research fellow of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine He has written over 170 peer reviewed scientific articles on global health in The Lancet, British Medical Journal and Nature in addition to other major journals His book about the global chronic disease epidemic, Sick Societies, was published by Oxford University Press in 2011 He is also an author of The Body Economic, published by Penguin Press in 2013 and translated into over ten languages His work has featured on covers of the New York Times and The Economist, among other venues Foreign Policy named him one of the top 100 global thinkers of 2013.

10 thoughts on “The Body Economic: Why Austerity Kills

  1. says:

    A clear indictment of conservative economic theology that has deadly consequences for the most vulnerable in society.

  2. says:

    Solid book read in a few hours The basic principle of the book is to show how government spending on certain types of social safety net programs can keep people healthy AND benefit the economy This runs counter to some popular and political thinking on the topic, so the authors collect and report data and evidence to make their case I appreciated h

  3. says:

    Very concise research by the two Authors confirms what most empathetic people would think of Government Austerity programs They hurt the most vulnerable and have a major impact on their physical and mental health.

  4. says:

    Whaaaaaaaaaaat Funding provided by the government for public programs reduces unemployment, homelessness, healthcare costs and actually improves the economy at faster rates than radical cuts to government services Which in turn promotes growth by increasing citizens marginal propensity to consume, which in turn helps them become active members in the economy You don

  5. says:

    How Neoliberalism killsImagine Tom, a man who works from 9 to 5 in an office for a private company dealing with highly explosive equipment He s done a really good job today managing to deliver over 240 dangerous chemicals to hospitals and clinics all over the country However, he arrives back home to find out through the news that a roaring chaos is emerging within the confin

  6. says:

    Always useful to have contributions from various fields in this case, public health researchers describing the social consequences of austerity cutting public services in order to recover from financial crises related read humanitarian physician Paul Farmer s Pathologies of Power Placing austerity in the context of Financial policy and crises caused by predatory lending of Financial

  7. says:

    I hoped this would be a tremendous book And it is What we can learn from the Global Financial Crisis is that how business has been conducted in the past has failed The continual emphasis of the economic over the social or growth over justice has failed It is time to think differently It is time to be different.David Stuckler and Sanjay Basu show that one of the primary costs of governmental a

  8. says:

    Living in Malaysia and seeing the extent of the effects of the reform on social services shed some light to governance in Malaysia Although some of the actions conducted by the Malaysian government at that time was highly provocative, it s decision of a solid no to IMF was indeed a wise decision The book solidifies what successful government do to help spur the economy It provides the facts and eviden

  9. says:

    The great strength, and slight limitation of this book are both captured in a few sentences in the Conclusion With stakes so high, we cannot entrust our decisions to ideologies and beliefs As the mathematician W Deming said In God we trust all others must bring data Often politicians on both the left and the right peddle ideas based on preconceived social theories and economic ideologies, not facts, figures an

  10. says:

    1.5 starsThere were a few parts early that I found interesting, especially regarding the Soviet cities, however that was not enough to help this book The bias was too strong that it ruined credibility in my view It read like a propaganda booklet or a sales pitch It also ignored secondary and long term effects of policies While there is valid criticism of how the IMF got involved in Europe and how banks that made risky

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