1st Edition

Human Security in Disease and Disaster

By Natasha Lindstaedt Copyright 2022
    388 Pages
    by Routledge

    388 Pages
    by Routledge

    This timely new textbook lays bare the ways in which disease and disaster can turn politicians into global leaders or national liabilities. It explains the impact of crises on development and human security and explores how states and societies can respond more effectively.

    Written primarily for the student of politics, but also drawing from public health, public policy, and environmental studies, the book investigates the threats posed by disease and disasters, and demonstrates how states can shape the ways in which these crises unfold. Case studies include:

    • Diseases such as Covid-19 and Ebola

    • Natural disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan and the 2010 Haiti earthquake

    • Manmade disasters such as the Yemen and Congo civil wars or famine

    The book delves deep into how state response to these challenges can impact political and economic stability and ends by exploring the role played by international institutions and international cooperation in addressing common challenges.

    This introductory textbook is perfect for undergraduate and masters courses exploring the expanding politics and human security issues surrounding disease and disasters. It will also be of interest to think tanks and policy communities looking for fresh insights to bring into professional practice.

    Part I: Key Challenges  Chapter 1: Human Security, Health and Disaster  Chapter 2: Infectious Diseases  Chapter 3: Disasters  Part II: Drivers of Disease and Disaster  Chapter 4: Globalization, Climate Change and Disease  Chapter 5: Globalization, Climate Change and Disaster  Part III: Disease and Disaster Vulnerability  Chapter 6: Poverty  Chapter 7: Conflict  Part IV: Impact of Disease and Disaster  Chapter 8: Economic Impacts  Chapter 9: Political and Societal Impacts   Part V: Response  Chapter 10: Authoritarian Regimes, Democracies and Populism  Chapter 11: The State and Disease Management  Chapter 12: The State and Disaster Management  Chapter 13: Global Health Governance  Chapter 14: Disaster Governance  Conclusion  Glossary


    Natasha Lindstaedt is Professor and Deputy Dean of Education for Social Sciences, University of Essex, UK.