Making Sense of Global Health Governance: A Policy Perspective

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The Millennium ushered in renewed interest and investment in global health, in part because of concerns that globalization would intensify the risks of ill-health. But are we taking advantage of emerging opportunities? This book shines a light on the central actors, institutions and mechanisms involved and proposes an agenda for meaningful action.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Making Sense of Global Health Governance is an important contribution to a debate that is often poorly informed and bewildered by vested interest. Readers will find this an informative read and an excellent step forward in understanding the evolution and developments of a changing global health architecture." - Julian Lob-Levyt, Executive Secretary and CEO, GAVI Alliance

"Making Sense of Global Health Governance attempts to unsnarl a rapidly changing global policy landscape. This volume is an important read for policy makers, practitioners and students of global health. Happily, Kent Buse and his colleagues have reached beyond the traditional staid discussions of this subject to cast light on the mosh pit of global health governance. The journey into this mildly anarchic vibrant area of inquiry (to the ungoing beat of globalization) will not disappoint." - Ann Marie Kimball, Department of Health Services, University of Washington, USA

"In this provocative collection of essays, Kent Buse and colleagues take stock of how policy-makers across the globe are responding to the threats to public health posed by an ever-increasing flow of goods and people. True to its title, this unique collaboration between scholars and practitioners helps the reader understand the institutional structures, initiatives, decision-making processes, and rules of accountability that affect health outcomes, and examines whether or not these have been successful in securing public health. Its most valuable contribution is its recommendations for what could - and should - be done differently. Reflecting the views and expertise of a wide range of distinguised public health experts, policy-makers, and political and social scientists, it is a must-read for those responsible for formulating rules that affect public health, as well as for students and scholars thereof." - Michel Sidibé, Executive Director, UNAIDS

"Making sense of the many players in global health is not a job for the faint hearted, given the ever more complicated funding arrangements, institutional missions, policies and personalities. The contributors to Making Sense of Global Health Governance do a great service for all of us who are involved in the field. Readers will be enlightened - and inspired to take on the important task of improving international agencies' responses to the health needs of poor people, getting more health and protection from risk for the money." - Ruth Levine, Vice President, Centre for Global Development

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230209923
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/15/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

KENT BUSE is a Political-Economist with an interest in health policy analysis. He taught at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK and Yale University, USA and is now a Senior Advisor at UNAIDS.

WOLFGANG HEIN is a Political Scientist at GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Germany. He teaches at Hamburg University, Germany, after having taught at the Free University of Berlin, Germany and the National University of Costa Rica. His research focuses on global governance (health, global politics), migration, and sustainable development.

NICK DRAGER is Director of the Department of Ethics, Equity, Trade and Human Rights at the World Health Organization. Prior to this, he was Senior Advisor in the Strategy Unit, Office of the Director-General at WHO. His work focuses on current and emerging public health issues related to globalization and health, especially global health diplomacy/governance, foreign policy and international trade and health.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Boxes
Foreword by Susanne Weber-Mosdorf
About the Contributors
Global Health Governance: The Emerging Agenda; K.Buse, N.Drager, W.Hein, B.Dal & K.Lee
Historical Dimensions of Global Health Governance; V.Berridge, K.Loughlin & R.Herring
Mapping the Global Health Architecture; G.Walt, N.Spicer & K.Buse
Conceptual Models for Global Health Governance; W.Hein, S.Burris & C.Shearing
Governance Norms in Global Health: Key Concepts; S.Bartsch, C.Huckel Schneider & L.Kohlmorgen
Global Health Governance and Global Public Goods; R.D.Smith
AIDS and Access to Medicines: Brazil, South Africa and Global Health Governance; J.P.Wogart, G.Calcagnotto, W.Hein & C.von Soest
International Trade and Health: Loose Governance Arrangements across Sectors; M.Helble, E.Mok, B.Dal, N.Kessomboon & N.Drager
Commercial Health Governance; K.Buse & C.Naylor
Civil Society, its Organizations, and Global Health Governance; D.McCoy & M.Hilson
The Role of Foundations in Global Governance for Health; J.W.Owen, G.Lister & S.Stansfield
Global Health Partnerships: The Mosh Pit of Global Health Governance; K.Buse & A.Harmer
Governance of Chronic Diseases; D.Stuckler, C.Hawkes & D.Yach
Fighting HIV/AIDS and the Future of Health Systems; N.Veenstra & A.Whiteside
Moving Global Health Governance Forward; I.Kickbusch

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