The Health of Nations: Infectious Disease, Environmental Change, and Their Effects on National Securityand Development

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In recent decades, new pathogens such as HIV, the Ebola virus, and the BSE prion have emerged, and old scourges such as tuberculosis, cholera, and malaria have grown increasingly resistant to treatment. Although these developments may not threaten the continuation of the human species, they do threaten the prosperity and stability of human societies. In this trailblazing book, Andrew Price-Smith investigates the influence of infectious disease on nations' stability and prosperity. He also provides a theoretical and empirical foundation for the emerging field of health security.
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What People Are Saying

Dennis Pirages
The Health of Nations will be known as the book on the political economy of disease for some time to come.
Paul R. Epstein
The resurgence of infectious disease and climate change—two symptoms of global change—present growing threats to our biological security and international stability. Andrew Price-Smith's timely analysis, appearing as environmental, energy and economic crises converge, provides the rationale for promptly establishing funds and creating the governance structure to propel and coordinate a cleaner, healthier and more equitable form of development.
Thomas Homer-Dixon
Andrew Price-Smith's book is a pioneering treatment of the relationship between infectious disease, political order, and economic development in poor countries. This issue will be a critical concern of international policymakers in the 21st century.
Jordan S. Kassalow
If you think national security is only about a missile being launched from North Korea or expansionist incursions from Iraq, you missed what has been happening in the world over the last twenty years. Price-Smith's Health of Nations brilliantly demonstrates why infectious diseases are a clear and present danger.
Daniel H. Deudney
Andrew Price-Smith's The Health of Nations is a riveting and vital read. Price-Smith documents the major and growing role of disease in stunting development, and the growing role of environmental change in the emergence of new diseases. This book is required reading for anyone interested in international relations, comparative politics, international organization, and health policy—or indeed, anyone on this planet with a body.
Mark Zacher
The Health of Nations addresses the very important public policy issues of the effects of diseases on people's welfare and international relations. Andrew Price-Smith explores some of the ways in which the prevalence of diseases can undermine international commerce and can promote interstate conflicts. An important contribution to the literature on global public health.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262162036
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2001
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Price-Smith is Associate Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at Colorado College. He is the author of The Health of Nations and Contagion and Chaos, both published by the MIT Press.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Bridging the Gap: A Consilient Methodology 21
2 A Smoking Gun: Preliminary Statistical Evidence 49
3 Disease, Destitution, and Development 77
4 Infectious Disease and Security 117
5 Environmental Change and Disease Proliferation 141
Conclusion 171
Notes 185
Index 215
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