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The Rise of Global Health: The Evolution of Effective Collective Action

The Rise of Global Health: The Evolution of Effective Collective Action

by Joshua K. Leon


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Since the year 2000, unprecedented resources have been committed to the complex challenge of developing global public health solutions by national governments, multilateral organizations, and civil society groups. This vast global movement is one of the most remarkable political phenomena of twenty-first-century international relations—but is it working? In The Rise of Global Health, Joshua K. Leon argues against the conventional wisdom, which argues that collective action on development issues—including controversial increases in foreign aid—is too inherently inefficient to succeed. Leon shows that public action on a global level can successfully pursue health equality. Often at the behest of grassroots activists, these disparate groups of actors are cooperating more than ever with the aim of improving our human potential through better health. Though operating at cross purposes with unequal trade agreements and other factors within the global economy harming the Global South, we learn something surprising about global health governance—it is evolving in ways more efficient than we think.

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ISBN-13: 9781438455167
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 01/02/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Joshua K. Leon is Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Iona College.

Table of Contents

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List of Abbreviations

1. The Rise of Regime Complex for Global Health

2. Specialization Among States: Finding Roles, Narrowing Priorities

3. Multilateral Specialization: Institutional Roles amidst Emergent Regime Density

4. Non-State Actors: Community Engagement and Privatized Specialization

5. Conclusion: Problems and Prospects for Global Health Governance

Appendix: Aid Priorities Among DAC Bilateral Donors


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