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Global Health Governance

1st Edition

By Sophie Harman


178 pages

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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.


"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

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?

About the Author

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

About the Series

Global Institutions

The "Global Institutions Series" is edited by Thomas G. Weiss (The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA) and Rorden Wilkinson (University of Sussex, UK).

The Series has two "streams" identified by their covers:

  • Blue covers offer comprehensive, accessible, and informative guides to the history, structure, and activities of key international organizations, and introductions to topics of key importance in contemporary global governance. Recognized experts use a similar structure to address the general purpose and rationale for specific organizations along with historical developments, membership, structure, decision-making procedures, key functions, and an annotated bibliography and guide to electronic sources.
  • Red covers consist of research monographs and edited collections that advance knowledge about one aspect of global governance; they reflect a wide variety of intellectual orientations, theoretical persuasions, and methodological approaches.

Together these streams provide a coherent and complementary portrait of the problems, prospects, and possibilities confronting global institutions today.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General