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Governing Global Health Challenge, Response, Innovation

By Andrew Cooper, John Kirton Copyright 2007

    Recently global health issues have leapt to the forefront of the international agenda and are now an everyday concern around the world. The war for global health is clearly being lost on many fronts and the massive body count is mounting fast. Re-emerging diseases such as polio and tuberculosis, long thought to be on the verge of elimination, are now coupled with the devastation of newly emerging ones such as SARS and avian influenza. In addition, the shock of bioterrorism has given a tragic poignancy to the importance of studying the failure of the global health governance system. Compiled by renowned specialists, this volume studies the global challenges and responses to these issues, as well as the roles of central institutions such as the World Health Organization, the World Trade Organization and the G8. Health practitioners and clinicians seeking a context for their front-line care provision, as well as scholars and students of global health issues, will find the volume highly valuable.

    I: Introduction; 1: Governing Global Health in the Twenty-First Century; II: Global Challenges and Responses; 2: The Transformation in Global Health Collaboration since the 1990s; 3: Global Health, Social Movements, and Governance; 4: A Pathology of Public Health Securitism: Approaching Pandemics as Security Threats; III: The Central Institutions: The Multilateral System; 5: Public Health in a Globalising World: The Perspective from the World Health Organization; 6: Reaching the Millennium Development Goals; 7: Can the World Trade Organization Help Achieve the Health Millennium Development Goals?; 8: Partnerships for Health, the Environment, and Governance; IV: The Central Institutions: The G8 System; 9: The G8 and Global Health Governance; 10: Diplomatic Rhetoric or Rhetorical Diplomacy: The G8 and Global Health Governance; 11: Keeping Faith with Africa's Health: Catalysing G8 Compliance; 12: Breaking Faith with Africa: The G8 and Population Health after Gleneagles; 13: Global Health and Universal Human Rights: The Case for G8 Accountability; V: Conclusion; 14: Toward Innovation in Global Health Governance


    Andrew Cooper is Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Waterloo, Canada. John Kirton is Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Toronto, Canada. Ted Schrecker is Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, University of Ottawa, Canada.

    'This is a seminal work. We live in an interconnected world in which health and illness, like so much else, have gone global. This challenge will demand major changes in transnational governance. The book discusses in a detailed and imaginative way what these changes should be.' Lord Anthony Giddens, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK 'At a time when the human species faces great uncertainty over its capacity to balance globalization with the need for social and environmental protection, this book makes an important contribution to our understanding of global health governance. As well as revealing the limitations of existing institutions, the authors encourage innovative thinking about how to better address the challenges of global health.' Kelley Lee, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK 'This book will interest professionals working on health policy...Recommended. Graduate students, faculty/researchers, and professionals/practitioners.' Choice 'This excellent book provides a comprehensive and analytical overview of the socio-political and economic factors that contribute to an understanding of global health governance. The opening chapter outlines compelling arguments for why such an understanding should be everyone's business...This is a visionary and challenging text that should be required reading for all healthcare professionals and their teachers.' Nursing Standard 'Overall, this book makes the case for why global health governance must be further explored within international relations. There have recently been important developments in international law and the role of international organizations, and this book makes a good start in taking this exploration further.' Political Studies Review 'This book gives the reader an excellent perspective on the war against the spread of disease as well as some unvarnished and high-resolution views of the terrain and the challenge before us that must be met and vanquished.' New E