The Oxford Handbook of Global Health Politics

ISBN : 9780190456818

Colin McInnes; Kelley Lee; Jeremy Youde
704 Pages
171 x 248 mm
Pub date
Mar 2020
Oxford Handbooks


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  • Provides the most comprehensive collection on global health politics to date.
  • Goes beyond the familiar focus on major diseases to encompass such political challenges as how agendas are defined, how core principles are enacted through operational activities, and what role the state, market, and civil society play in global health.
  • Strikes a balance between major theoretical perspectives and their application to major issue areas related to global health.

Protecting and promoting health is inherently a political endeavor that requires a sophisticated understanding of the distribution and use of power. Yet while the global nature of health is widely recognized, its political nature is less well understood. In recent decades, the interdisciplinary field of global health politics has emerged to demonstrate the interconnections of health and core political topics, including foreign and security policy, trade, economics, and development. Today a growing body of scholarship examines how the global health landscape has both shaped and been shaped by political actors and structures.
The Oxford Handbook of Global Health Politics provides an authoritative overview and assessment of research on this important and complicated subject. The volume is motivated by two arguments. First, health is not simply a technical subject, requiring evidence-based solutions to real-world problems, but an arena of political contestation where norms, values, and interests also compete and collide. Second, globalization has fundamentally changed the nature of health politics in terms of the ideas, interests, and institutions involved.
The volume comprises more than 30 chapters by leading experts in global health and politics. Each chaper provides an overview of the state of the art on a given theoretical perspective, major actor, or global health issue. The Handbook offers both an excellent introduction to scholars new to the field and also an invaluable teaching and research resource for experts seeking to understand global health politics and its future directions.


Peter Piot

1. Global Health Politics: An Introduction
Colin McInnes, Kelley Lee, and Jeremy Youde

Part I: From International to Global Health
2. The History of International Health: Medicine, Politics, and Two Socio-Medical Perspectives, 1851 to 2000
Marcos Cueto
3. Globalization and the Politics of Global Health
Matthew Sparke
4. The Politics of Global Health Inequalities: Approaches to Studying the Role of Power
Yusra Ribhi Shawar and Jennifer Prah Ruger
5. Critical Approaches to Global Health
Alan Ingram

Part II: Global Health and the Wider Policy Agenda
6. Global Health Diplomacy
Akram Khazatzadeh-Mahani, Arne Ruckert, and Ronald Labonte
7. Security and Health
Simon Rushton
8. Global Health and Human Security
Robert L. Ostergard, Jr. and Jeffrey A. Griffin
9. Critical Security Studies and Global Health
João Nunes
10. Biosecurity and the Risk to Global Health
Christian Enemark
11. Military Assistance during Health Emergencies
Adam Kamradt-Scott and Frank Smith
12. Global Health and International Development
Andrew Harmer and Jonathan Kennedy
13. The Politics of Gender and Global Health
Sarah Hawkes and Kent Buse

Part III: Global Health Governance
14. Global Health Governance
Colin McInnes
15. The State and Global Health
Ted Schrecker
16. Emerging Powers and Global Health Governance: The Case of BRICS Countries
Yanzhong Huang
17. The Politics of Global Health Agenda Setting
Stephanie L. Smith and Jeremy Shiffman
18. The Politics of Intergovernmental Organizations in Global Health
Tine Hanrieder
19. Civil Society and Global Health
David McCoy and Joseph Gafton
20. The Role of the Business Sector in Global Health Politics
Kelley Lee and Julia Smith
21. Philanthropy in Global Health
Jeremy Youde
22. Trade and Investment Agreements and the Global Politics of Health
Chris Holden and Benjamin Hawkins
23. The Global Politics of Health Care Reform
Solomon Benatar, David Sanders, and Stephen Gill
24. Towards a Critical Political Economy of Global Health
Ted Schrecker

Part IV: Issues in Global Health Politics
25. The Human Right to Health and Global Health Politics
Gorik Ooms and Rachel Hammonds
26. Reporting Disease Outbreaks in a World with No Digital Borders
Sara E. Davies
27. The Politics of Pandemic Influenza Preparedness
Adam Kamradt-Scott
28. The Global Politics of HIV and AIDS
Alan Whiteside
29. The Global Politics of Neglected Tropical Diseases
Obijiofor Aginam
30. The Politics of Global Vaccination Policies
Stuart Blume
31. The Global Politics of Access to Medicines: From 1.0 to 2.0
Suerie Moon and Ellen 't Hoen
32. Non-Communicable Diseases and Global Health Politics
Roger Magnusson
33. The Politics of Global Tobacco Control
Kelley Lee
34. The Politics of Global Bioethical Frameworks
Diego S. Silva and Jeremy Snyder

About the author: 

Colin McInnes is Professor of International Politics in the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University.
Kelley Lee is Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Global Health Governance in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University.
Jeremy Youde is Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.


Obijiofor Aginam, United Nations University
Solomon Benatar, University of Cape Town & University of Toronto
Stuart Blume, University of Amsterdam
Kent Buse, UNAIDS
Marcos Cueto, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation
Sara E. Davies, Griffith University
Christian Enemark, University of Southampton
Joseph Gafton, Queen Mary University of London
Stephen Gill, York University
Jeffrey A. Griffin, University of Nevada, Reno
Rachel Hammonds, University of Antwerp
Tine Hanrieder, WZB Berlin Social Science Center
Andrew Harmer, Queen Mary University of London
Sarah Hawkes, University College London
Benjamin Hawkins, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Chris Holden, University of York
Yanzhong Huang, Seton Hall University
Alan Ingram, University College London
Adam Kamradt-Scott, University of Sydney
Jonathan Kennedy, Queen Mary University of London
Akram Khazatzadeh-Mahani, University of Calgary
Ronald Labonte, University of Ottawa
Kelley Lee, Simon Fraser University
Roger Magnusson, University of Sydney
David McCoy, Queen Mary University of London
Colin McInnes, Aberystwyth University
Suerie Moon, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
João Nunes, University of York
Gorik Ooms, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Robert L. Ostergard, Jr., University of Nevada, Reno
Peter Piot, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Arne Ruckert, University of Ottawa
Jennifer Prah Ruger, University of Pennsylvania
Simon Rushton, University of Sheffield
David Sanders, University of the Western Cape & University of Cape Town
Ted Schrecker, Newcastle University
Yusra Ribhi Shawar, Johns Hopkins University
Jeremy Shiffman, Johns Hopkins University
Diego S. Silva, Simon Fraser University & University of Sydney
Frank Smith, University of Sydney
Julia Smith, Simon Fraser University
Stephanie L. Smith, University of New Mexico
Jeremy Snyder, Simon Fraser University
Matthew Sparke, University of California, Santa Cruz
Ellen 't Hoen, University of Groningen
Alan Whiteside, Wilfrid Laurier University
Jeremy Youde, University of Minnesota Duluth

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