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

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In recent decades, new pathogens such as HIV, the Ebola virus, and the BSE prion have emerged, while old scourges such as tuberculosis, cholera, and malaria have grown increasingly resistant to treatment. The global spread of disease does not threaten the human species, but it threatens the prosperity and stability of human societies.In this pathbreaking book, AndrewPrice-Smith investigates the influence of infectious disease on nations' stability and prosperity.

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Overview

In recent decades, new pathogens such as HIV, the Ebola virus, and the BSE prion have emerged, while old scourges such as tuberculosis, cholera, and malaria have grown increasingly resistant to treatment. The global spread of disease does not threaten the human species, but it threatens the prosperity and stability of human societies.In this pathbreaking book, AndrewPrice-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.

Price-Smith shows that the global proliferation of infectious disease will limit the ability of states to govern themselves effectively and to maximize their economic power. Because infectious disease can cause poverty, intra-state violence and political instability may increase. This in turn may have negative long-term effects on regional economic and political stability, damaging international relations and development.Price-Smith takes an interdisciplinary approach to topics ranging from the effects of global environmental change on the spread of disease to the feedback loop between public health and the strength of a nation's economy and its political stability over time. As the proliferation of infectious disease threatens international stability and the policy interests of the United States in years to come, its study will become an increasingly important subfield of political science.

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"*The Health of Nations* will be known as *the* book on the political economy of disease for some time to come."—Dennis Pirages, Department of Government and Politics, University of MarylandPlease note: Asterisks indicate words and phrases that should be in italics.

"The resurgence of infectious disease and climate change—two symptoms of global change—present growing threats to our biological security and international stability. AndrewPrice-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."—Paul R.

Epstein, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Director, Center for Health and the Global Environment, HarvardMedical School

"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."—Thomas Homer-Dixon,Director, Peace and Conflict Studies Program, University of Toronto

"If you think national security is only about a missile being launched from NorthKorea 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."—Jordan S. Kassalow, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Global Health Policy,Council on Foreign RelationsPlease note: Endorser gives permission for us to use only the last sentence, if we like.

"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."—Daniel H. Deudney, Department of PoliticalScience, Johns Hopkins University

"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."—Mark Zacher, Institute of International Relations, University of BritishColumbia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262661232
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew T. Price-Smith is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science andDirector of the Project on Energy, Environment, and Global Security at The Colorado College. He is the author of The Health of Nations: Infectious Disease, Environmental Change, and TheirEffects on National Security and Development (MIT Press, 2002) and is the editor ofPlagues and Politics: Infectious Disease and International Policy

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
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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