Global Health Governance: Crisis, Institutions and Political by Adrian Kay, Owain Williams

By Adrian Kay, Owain Williams

Eminent students examine the pointy distinction among the intense and multi-dimensional scale of the demanding situations to international healthiness governance and the contradictory and useless responses to them. They draw on a variety of disciplines to discover the severe political economic climate dynamics within the modern governance of worldwide well-being.

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Moreover, the WTO’s TRIPS has ensured that the movement of key technologies and health products across global markets are protected in terms of pricing, and that monopolies over certain areas fundamental to life can be retained, notwithstanding differentiation in terms of need and ability to pay or the scale of market reach. Moreover the transfer of medical knowledge and research lines can be stymied or actively blocked. In short, GHG and policies are, again, viewed as creating problems, and as central to the crises in the global system of disease and NHS.

In Chapter 2, Colin McInnes examines what has been labelled the securitisation of health and a growing body of academic and policy literature that views health, first and foremost, as a national security problem. The chapter describes how this has transformed infectious diseases from principally bio-medical issues requiring technical solutions and health interventions to global issues that now sit at the top table of high politics. In many senses the securitisation of HIV and other infectious diseases can be viewed as a reassertion of the state-based agenda in terms of global health, 18 Global Health Governance with an emphasis on failing states, state capacities, military capability and border controls.

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