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The International Politics of Ebola

1st Edition

Edited by Anne Roemer-Mahler, Simon Rushton


188 pages

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The outbreak of Ebola virus disease that gripped Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone through much of 2014 and 2015 was undoubtedly a health emergency, yet it was also a global political event. This book examines the international politics of the Ebola outbreak in all of its dimensions, critically assessing the global response, examining what the outbreak can tell us about contemporary global health governance, and examining the inequalities and injustices that were laid bare. In doing so, the book shows how some of the concepts, debates and findings from the growing field of global health research in International Relations can help both in furthering understanding of the Ebola crisis and also in improving policy responses to future infectious disease outbreaks. This book was originally published as a special edition of Third World Quarterly.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: Ebola and International Relations, Anne Roemer-Mahler and Simon Rushton
  2. Crisis! What crisis? Global health and the 2014–15 West African Ebola outbreak, Colin McInnes
  3. WHO’s to blame? The World Health Organization and the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Adam Kamradt-Scott
  4. Public health emergencies: a new peacekeeping mission? Insights from UNMIL’s role in the Liberia Ebola outbreak, Sara E. Davies and Simon Rushton
  5. Ebola responsibility: moving from shared to multiple responsibilities, Clare Wenham
  6. Ebola at the borders: newspaper representations and the politics of border control, Sudeepa Abeysinghe
  7. Infectious injustice: the political foundations of the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone, Emma-Louise Anderson and Alexander Beresford
  8. The race for Ebola drugs: pharmaceuticals, security and global health governance, Anne Roemer-Mahler and Stefan Elbe
  9. Personal Protective Equipment in the humanitarian governance of Ebola: between individual patient care and global biosecurity, Polly Pallister-Wilkins
  10. Ebola, gender and conspicuously invisible women in global health governance Sophie Harman
  11. Ebola and the production of neglect in global health, João Nunes

About the Editors

Anne Roemer-Mahler is a Lecturer in International Relations and a Fellow at the Centre for Global Health Policy at the University of Sussex. Her research focuses on the role of pharmaceutical companies in global governance and the pharmaceuticalisation of global health.

Simon Rushton is a Lecturer in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield, UK. He has written widely on international responses to HIV/AIDS and other diseases; the links between health and security; the changing nature of global health governance; and issues surrounding health, conflict and post-conflict reconstruction.

About the Series


THIRDWORLDS will focus on the political economy, development and cultures of those parts of the world that have experienced the most political, social, and economic upheaval, and which have faced the greatest challenges of the postcolonial world under globalisation: poverty, displacement and diaspora, environmental degradation, human and civil rights abuses, war, hunger, and disease.

THIRDWORLDS serves as a signifier of oppositional emerging economies and cultures ranging from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East, and even those ‘Souths’ within a larger perceived North, such as the U.S. South and Mediterranean Europe. The study of these otherwise disparate and discontinuous areas, known collectively as the Global South, demonstrates that as globalisation pervades the planet, the south, as a synonym for subalterity, also transcends geographical and ideological frontiers.

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