The Politics of Surveillance and Response to Disease Outbreaks: The New Frontier for States and Non-state Actors, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Politics of Surveillance and Response to Disease Outbreaks

The New Frontier for States and Non-state Actors, 1st Edition

By Sara E. Davies, Jeremy R. Youde


204 pages

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The capacity to conduct international disease outbreak surveillance and share information about outbreaks quickly has empowered both State and Non-State Actors to take an active role in stopping the spread of disease by generating new technical means to identify potential pandemics through the creation of shared reporting platforms. Despite all the rhetoric about the importance of infectious disease surveillance, the concept itself has received relatively little critical attention from academics, practitioners, and policymakers. This book asks leading contributors in the field to engage with five key issues attached to international disease outbreak surveillance - transparency, local engagement, practical needs, integration, and appeal - to illuminate the political effect of these technologies on those who use surveillance, those who respond to surveillance, and those being monitored.


’Detecting, monitoring and responding to infectious disease outbreaks can be a high-stakes and deeply politicised process. Davies and Youde have assembled a diverse and impressive cast of contributors to a timely and informative volume. The fresh, interdisciplinary perspectives it offers warrant careful reading by scholars and decision-makers worldwide.’ Christian Enemark, Aberystwyth University, UK ’The Politics of Surveillance and Response to Disease Outbreaks addresses a topic central to global health security but still underexplored in academic and policy communities. The contributors to the volume have done an excellent job examining how the revised IHR and technological revolution have transformed the policy context for disease surveillance and how states seek to improve their policy practice through politically attuned surveillance principles.’ Yanzhong Huang, Council on Foreign Relations and Seton Hall University, USA

About the Authors

Sara E. Davies is ARC Future Fellow and QUT Vice-Chancellor Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Health Law Research, Queensland University of Technology. Jeremy R. Youde is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota Duluth, USA.

About the Series

Global Health

Global Health
The benefits of globalization are potentially enormous, as a result of the increased sharing of ideas, cultures, life-saving technologies and efficient production processes. Yet globalization is under trial, partly because these benefits are not yet reaching hundreds of millions of the world's poor and partly because globalization has introduced new kinds of international problems and conflicts. Turmoil in one part of the world now spreads rapidly to others, through terrorism, armed conflict, environmental degradation or disease. This timely series provides a robust and multi-disciplinary assessment of the asymmetrical nature of globalization. Books in the series encompass a variety of areas, including global health and the politics of governance, poverty and insecurity, gender and health and the implications of global pandemics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Infection Control
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General