AIDS in Industrialized Democracies: Passions, Politics, and Policies

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In the decade since the first AIDS cases were reported, the disease has spread rapidly around the world. Every country has had to devise policies suited to its own political, economic, and cultural conditions. The differences among their approaches are striking. This volume--the first comprehensive, international comparison of responses to AIDS in the industrialized democracies--is a unique guide to the world's most urgent public health crisis. Sixteen leading experts in public health, social science, government,...
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Overview

In the decade since the first AIDS cases were reported, the disease has spread rapidly around the world. Every country has had to devise policies suited to its own political, economic, and cultural conditions. The differences among their approaches are striking. This volume--the first comprehensive, international comparison of responses to AIDS in the industrialized democracies--is a unique guide to the world's most urgent public health crisis. Sixteen leading experts in public health, social science, government, and public policy from the United States, Canada, Germany, Australia, Spain, Britain, France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, and Japan candidly analyze the responses of their own nations. They look critically at the tragic statistics of AIDS incidence; the circumstances of AIDS's first appearance; public health traditions of mandatory screening, contact tracing, and quarantine; attitudes toward drug abuse, homosexuality, and sex education; publicity about AIDS; legal and customary protections for civil rights, minority groups, and medical confidentiality; access to health care and insurance; and the interplay of formal and informal interest groups in shaping policy. The spectrum of AIDS policy ranges from severe "contain-and-control" programs to much more benign plans based on education, cooperation, and inclusion. By scrutinizing the responses to AIDS so far, this book aims to give countries around the world a chance to learn from one another's mistakes and triumphs. It will be essential reading for all students and professionals in public health and public policy.
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Sixteen contributors from the fields of public health, social science, government, and public policy in the US, Canada, Germany, Australia, Spain, Britain, France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, and Japan candidly analyze the responses of their own nations to the world's most urgent public health crisis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780813518213
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1992
  • Pages: 408

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: An Epidemic in Political and Policy Perspective 1
Ch. 1 The United States: At the Center of the Storm 7
Ch. 2 Canada: Community Activism, Federalism, and the New Politics of Disease 49
Ch. 3 Germany: The Uneasy Triumph of Pragmatism 99
Ch. 4 Australia: Participation and Innovation in a Federal System 134
Ch. 5 Spain: An Epidemic of Denial 168
Ch. 6 Britain: Policy-making in a Hermetically Sealed System 185
Ch. 7 France: Social Solidarity and Scientific Expertise 221
Ch. 8 The Netherlands: AIDS in a Consensual Society 252
Ch. 9 Denmark: AIDS and the Political "Pink Triangle" 281
Ch. 10 Sweden: The Power of the Moral(istic) Left 317
Ch. 11 Japan: AIDS as a "Non-issue" 339
Conclusion: The Second Decade of AIDS: The End of Exceptionalism? 361
List of Contributors 385
Index 387
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