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The Politics of Global Health Governance : United by Contagion - Mark W. Zacher

The Politics of Global Health Governance

United by Contagion

Hardcover Published: 1st June 2008
ISBN: 9780230605893
Number Of Pages: 238

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AIDS, Ebola, SARS and Malaria - the list of deadly infectious diseases that provoke panic and cause devastating losses of life and economic welfare is virtually endless. In recent years the fight against infectious diseases has become a catalyst for cooperation in a world that is truly united by contagion. To an unprecedented degree, governments, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, philanthropic foundations, and private sector businesses are banding together to contain, control and, when possible, cure infectious diseases. This book examines the nature and politics of global cooperation to combat infectious diseases in a world more interconnected than at any point in history.

'Two Canadian scholars here usefully review the history of international cooperation with respect to contagious diseases (cholera, the plague, and yellow fever were the chief concerns in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries) and the increased activities and rapid enlargement of the World Health Organization and its various associated bodies.' - Foreign Affairs

'A growing number of scholars now recognize the relevance of global health issues to the understanding and practice of international relations. This book adds to this growing body of work, applying liberal functionalist theory to the global governance of infectious disease outbreaks. As well as enriching the study of global health governance, the authors seek to draw important lessons for strengthening collective action in a rapidly changing world.' - Kelley Lee, Head, Public and Environmental Health Research Unit, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK

'Human and microbial competition for a niche in a rapidly globalizing world is tackled by this multidisciplinary analysis of the politics of the global health governance. Informed by nineteenth century history when great pandemics swept across Europe and North America and aimed at our common future, this important book will help us understand how we must accelerate international cooperation to ensure health security for all.' - Lincoln Chen, President of the China Medical Board of New York, and Research Associate and Founder, Global Equity Initiative, Harvard University, USA

'This is an impressive and important book. It probes issues that are all too rarely investigated, and it does so incisively and thoroughly. As the analysis makes clear, the problems of global health are enormous and at the same time they are probed here clearly and fully. Readers are bound to feel enlightened and rewarded.' - James N. Rosenau, University Professor of International Affairs, The George Washington University, USA

'Using the lens of international relations and trends in infectious disease the authors take an in-depth look at past and current global health governance, and based on lessons learned they suggest ways of shaping the global health architecture in this era of interdependence. This book is essential reading for policy makers, practitioners and students interested in the emerging discipline of global health diplomacy which focuses on this nexus between international affairs and global health.' - Nick Drager, Director of the Department of Ethics, Equity, Trade and Human Rights at the World Health Organization

List of Tablesp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
List of Abbreviationsp. xiii
Overview of Infectious Diseases and Analytical Frameworkp. 1
Global Impacts of Disease: Historical Overviewp. 2
Global Impacts of Disease: Contemporary Overviewp. 9
Analytical Framework of the Studyp. 15
Describing International Governancep. 15
Explaining International Governancep. 18
Framework of the Following Chaptersp. 22
Global Health Governance in the Twentieth Centuryp. 25
The Early International Sanitary Conferences: 1851-1897p. 27
The Formative Years of the Health Regime: 1900-1990p. 33
Developments between 1900 and 1945p. 33
Developments between 1946 and 1990p. 38
The Strategic Development of Global Health Governancep. 40
Disease Containment: Surveillance Systems, Emergency Responses, and Transborder Regulationsp. 43
Advances in Global Surveillance Capabilitiesp. 46
Overview of Emergency Multilateral Interventionsp. 50
The Actorsp. 51
The Outbreaksp. 54
The 2005 IHR: Rule-Making for Contemporary Global Healthp. 64
Conclusionp. 72
Disease Control: Transformation of Health Assistance Programsp. 77
Trends in Health Assistancep. 77
Overview of Actorsp. 84
Statesp. 84
International Organizationsp. 85
Development Banksp. 87
NGOsp. 90
Foundationsp. 93
Private Businessesp. 94
Methods for Providing Assistancep. 95
Conclusionp. 104
Disease Cures: International Patent Law and Access to Essential Medicinesp. 107
WTO Agreements and the Access Issuep. 109
Major Political and Legal Eventsp. 115
The Brazil Casep. 116
The South Africa Casep. 116
The Doha Declaration on TRIPS and Public Healthp. 118
WTO Decision on Paragraph 6 of Dohap. 120
NGOs and Essential Medicines: Changing the Nature of the Debatep. 122
Conclusion: The Evolution of Accessp. 124
Health and Global Governance: Concluding Perspectivesp. 129
Major Characteristics of Contemporary Global Health Governancep. 130
Factors That Shape Global Health Governancep. 135
Reflections on the Study of Global Governancep. 139
Tablesp. 143
Summary Descriptions of Diseasesp. 153
Notesp. 183
Bibliographyp. 215
Indexp. 235
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ISBN: 9780230605893
ISBN-10: 0230605893
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 238
Published: 1st June 2008
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1