Rowman and Littlefield International
Global Governance and Public Health

Global Governance and Public Health

Obstacles and Opportunities

By Geoffrey B. Cockerham

Publication Date: Sep 2018

Pages 316


Hardback 9781786608482
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Global health issues transcend national borders and state sovereignty. As a result, a collective response at the international level is necessary to effectively address these problems. This response, however, is not simply based on medical expertise or technology, but is largely dependent on politics. Health has become inextricably linked to policies developed by global governance, whether these policies involve the surveillance and the prevention of the spread of infectious disease across borders, the distribution and consumption of goods that pose a health risk through international commerce, the right to quality health for everyone, or the protection of human health from climate change and environmental degradation.

International relations theories provide a key analytical tool for understanding the dynamics of the political process in global governance in addressing health issues in an increasingly globalized world. Each chapter will features boxes highlighting case studies relevant to the material, discussion questions, and suggested readings.
1. International Relations Theory and Global Health / 2. Intergovernmental Organizations and Global Health Governance / 3. Non-State Actors and Global Health Governance / 4. Controlling Infectious Diseases / 5. Global Cooperation and Chronic Diseases / 6. Securitizing Global Health / 7. Health as an International Human Right / 8. Global Health and the Environment / Index

Cockerham provides a superb introduction to the international politics of global health. The book gives a wide-ranging overview of the main actors and the key issues, and sets these firmly in the context of contemporary approaches to International Relations theory. A fantastic resource for students and others new to the rapidly-developing field of global governance and health.

Simon Rushton, Lecturer in Politics, University of Sheffield
Geoffrey Cockerham is associate professor of political science at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.

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