1st Edition

Global Health Governance

ISBN 9780415561587
Published January 22, 2012 by Routledge
178 Pages

USD $49.95

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Book Description

In the light of scares about potential pandemics such as swine fever and avian flu, the issue of global health and its governance is of increasing concern to scholars and practitioners of medicine, public health, social work, and international politics alike.

Providing a concise and informative introduction to how global health is governed, this book:

  • Explores the various ways in which we understand global health governance
  • Explains the "nuts and bolts" of the traditional institutions of global health governance, highlights key frameworks and treaties and their relative successes and failings
  • Examines the actors in global health governance, their purpose, influence and impact
  • Offers an in depth analysis of the effectiveness of global health interventions, focusing particularly on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

Highlighting the wide variety of actors, issues and approaches involved, this work shows the complex nature of global health governance, forcing the reader to examine who or what really governs global health, to what outcome, and for whom.

Table of Contents

1. Approaches to global health governance  2. Institutions of global health governance 3. New actors in global health governance  4. The big three: malaria, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis  5. Neglected health  6. Global health governance for whom?

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Sophie Harman is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of International Politics, City University. UK.


"This book is a welcome addition to the now over 60-strong series on Global Institutions edited by Thomas Weiss and Rorden Wilkinson. [It] is written in a highly accessible style, offering a brief and readable account of the key concepts and issues related to global health governance." - Kelley Lee, International Affairs, Vol. 88, 5, September 2012

"Harman's tightly written book provides a highly recommended introduction to the central questions and actors in contemporary global health governance. Summing Up: Highly recommended" - C. H. Blake, CHOICE, January 2013, Vol. 50 No. 05