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The partitocracy of health : Towards a new welfare politics in Italy ?

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  • Maurizio Ferrera orcid logo

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This article illustrates the relationships between political parties and the healthcare sector in Italy since the 1950s. The several was though which parties have "exploited" health policics are explored, ranging from the selective extension of care entitlements to the various occupational categories to the clientelistic ties with doctors, from the placement of party personnell in the various administrative posts to illegal financing. The author argues that the partitocratie exploitation of the health care sector has greatly contributed to the failure of the 1978 reform establishing a National Health Service. This failure has in its turn backlashed against the partitocratic government, accellerating its demise in the early 1990s. The article concludes with some considerations on the future of Italy's health policy and, more generally, welfare state policy.

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Ferrera, M., (1996) “The partitocracy of health : Towards a new welfare politics in Italy ?”, Res Publica 38(2), p.447-459. doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/rp.v38i2.18645

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29 Jun 1996
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