The Body Economic: Recessions, Budget Battles, and the Politics of Life and Death (Hardcover)
Politicians have talked endlessly about the economic devastation wrought by the recent financial crisis, but what about the damage it’s done to our bodies and minds? In The Body Economic, pioneering public health researchers David Stuckler and Sanjay Basu mine data from around the globe and throughout history to demonstrate that bad fiscal policyparticularly cuts to social service spendingcan have disastrous consequences for human health. While some nations have seen suicide rates, HIV transmissions, alcoholism, and heart disease spike during the Great Recession, not everyone has sufferedor needs to, so long as governments make health and well-being a priority.
Brimming with counterintuitive findings and bold policy recommendations, The Body Economic makes the urgent case that while recessions hurt, austerity measures can kill.
About the Author
Dr. David Stuckler is a University Lecturer in Sociology at Cambridge University and Associate Faculty at Johns Hopkins Department of Health Policy and Management. He lives in Cambridge, England.
Dr. Sanjay Basu is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and an epidemiologist at the Prevention Research Center of Stanford University. A former Rhodes Scholar, he lives in San Francisco.