The general assumption throughout history has been that a growing population is beneficial for societies. By the mid-1960s, however, the United States and other developed countries became convinced that population control was an absolute necessity, especially in the developing world. This absorbing study explains why population control is no longer the focus of global population policy and why reproductive rights and health have become the major focus. The book highlights the role that the US and other developed countries play in affecting global population policy, looking in particular at the stance of the George W. Bush administration since taking office. It also studies the influence of the UN as an international forum and explores how civil society questioned the ethics of population control. Global Population Policy will appeal to a wide audience, including readers in the fields of women's studies, development politics and international relations.
'[This] is a timely book, since 2004 is the year of the 10th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), a major focus of the work. The book assembles a great deal of pertinent history and is well-documented…The material is well-organized and carries through the important theme of normative change, making the book of interest to scholars in the field of global governance and not just population experts.' Dr Barbara B. Crane, Ipas, USA 'Eager's book contains a goldmine of information and fascinating insights in the political and normative decision making process.' Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights 'A well researched book…A good book for research scholars.' USI Journal
Contents: Global population policy: past and present; Population control as global policy; The winds of change: a new approach to global population policy; The global women's health and rights movement; Reproductive rights as an international norm; After Cairo: consolidation or backlash?; Norms, UN global conferences, and constructivism; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.