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THE POLITICS OF MENTAL HEALTH: A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF POLICY ADOPTION AND IMPLEMENTATION IN GERMANY AND JAPAN

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2016
Abstract/Description:
In the aftermath of World War II, the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan followed Germany�s blueprint in fashioning a universal health coverage system. Comparisons to Germany�s welfare state during this same time period reveal markedly different social and mental health policy practices, as Germany�s Christian Democratic Union and Social Democratic Party cooperated toward progressive policies while the Liberal Democratic Party largely neglected social welfare expansion. The effect of these practices is reflected in budgetary provisions, institutionalization practices, and mental health epidemiology. This research finds that a favorable economic climate allowed the Liberal Democratic Party to politically isolate the Social Democratic Party and focus on economic productivity as opposed to welfare expansion. In contrast, West Germany�s competition with East Germany forced cooperation of its two largest political parties to balance economic policy and social progress, which is today reflected in mental health outcomes and policies markedly more favorable than those of Japan.
Title: THE POLITICS OF MENTAL HEALTH: A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF POLICY ADOPTION AND IMPLEMENTATION IN GERMANY AND JAPAN.
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Name(s): Campos, Luis Diego, Author
Turcu, Anca, Committee Chair
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2016
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: In the aftermath of World War II, the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan followed Germany�s blueprint in fashioning a universal health coverage system. Comparisons to Germany�s welfare state during this same time period reveal markedly different social and mental health policy practices, as Germany�s Christian Democratic Union and Social Democratic Party cooperated toward progressive policies while the Liberal Democratic Party largely neglected social welfare expansion. The effect of these practices is reflected in budgetary provisions, institutionalization practices, and mental health epidemiology. This research finds that a favorable economic climate allowed the Liberal Democratic Party to politically isolate the Social Democratic Party and focus on economic productivity as opposed to welfare expansion. In contrast, West Germany�s competition with East Germany forced cooperation of its two largest political parties to balance economic policy and social progress, which is today reflected in mental health outcomes and policies markedly more favorable than those of Japan.
Identifier: CFH2000029 (IID), ucf:45588 (fedora)
Note(s): 2016-05-01
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College of Sciences, Political Science
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Subject(s): mental health policy
Japan
Germany
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFH2000029
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Host Institution: UCF

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