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Health Norms and the Governance of Global Development
The Invention of Global Health

ISBN 9780367625658
Published February 23, 2021 by Routledge
262 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book maps the emergence of health in global development discourse and governance since 1990. It argues that health norms have emerged, diffused, and subsequently become internalised through the various direct and indirect negotiation processes that created the global development goals.

Covid-19, Ebola, and HIV/AIDS are prime illustrations of the fact that health is supremely political. Governments – whether they are local, national, international, or multilateral – make decisions about their policy responses, coordinate their response, and channel the necessary resources. Such decisions are informed by local and global conditions as well as sets of values, norms, and standards that determine policy and interventions. As states and regions become more interconnected, the politics of health are increasingly relevant to the sustainable future envisioned by global governance. This book explains how considerations of global health have come to inform and infuse the United Nations development agenda. It identifies processes, actors, institutions, and interactions in global health by analysing two related case studies: the Millennium Development Goals and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Providing an overview of, and insights about, the context of global development thinking and practice, the subtleties of global health, and global health governance, this book is an innovative contribution to the literature. It is suitable for students and scholars of global health, development studies, and international relations.

Table of Contents

1.Why we wrote this book, & How to read it  2.How Ideas Have Evolved in the United Nations Development Agenda  3.Development, Health, and International Relations  4.Normative Foundations: The Human Development Paradigm  5.The Health Norms of the Millennium Development Goals  6.The Health Norms of the Sustainable Development Goals


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Anders Granmo was educated at universities in Norway and South Africa. He is a lecturer and researcher, focusing on issues related to global health governance.

Pieter Fourie teaches political science at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He has worked in the field of global health since the late 1990s, including at UNAIDS, the AIDS Foundation of South Africa, and he has taught at universities in South Africa and Australia.