Politics of chronic disease

David Stuckler, Sanjay Basu, Lawrence King, Sarah Steele and Martin McKee

in Sick Societies

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199574407
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731204 | DOI:
Politics of chronic disease

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The first part of this chapter examines why chronic diseases continue to have low political priority in spite of a growing number of doctors, advocates, and patients who are deeply concerned about them. It evaluates the political economy of chronic disease by mapping the programmes and budgets of eight key institutions involved (or not) in the prevention and control of chronic diseases (private donors, national development agencies, academic institutions, nation-states and health ministries, international financial institutions, the UN, and WHO). The next part describes how a social movement to influence the political priority and action on chronic diseases might be created. Using a sociological model of the political process, it draws insights from the success and failure of a range of social movements, from climate change to HIV/AIDS, to civil rights campaigns. It identifies three main strategies for strengthening a social movement on chronic diseases: reframing the debate, creating and identifying political opportunities, and mobilizing resources.

Keywords: political priority; healthcare policy; political economy; disease prevention; disease control; global health; social movement; political action

Chapter.  25590 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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