International Health Governance

Sophie Harman

in International Relations

ISBN: 9780199743292
Published online March 2013 | | DOI:
International Health Governance


International health governance is an emerging field that combines public health, medical sociology, health economics, international law, anthropology, political science, and international relations. The growing perception of health risks such as pandemic flu, devastating development consequences of HIV/AIDS, and human rights associated with access to health have led to broad formations of international governance around health. These formations of governance involve multiple public and private actors; norms, regimes, and forms of international law; local and global institutions; and a range of differing approaches to how health is understood and practiced and how these differing approaches impact upon inequalities, markets, and rights. The growth of actors and association with health and concerns of international security and health has led to a multitude of works written on the topic that can be impenetrable and hard to navigate and can confound social scientists unfamiliar with biomedical terminology and confuse public health experts not used to security frames and agendas. Hence, the aim of this bibliography is to provide a guide to the different topics associated within the field of international health governance for scholars and students both new to and familiar with the field. The works here should introduce the reader to the field of international health governance and provide them with a comprehensive guide to the key authors and issues. The bibliography seeks to combine an overview of the main actors involved in international health governance (UN bodies, Public-Private Partnerships, Bretton Woods Institutions, Pharmaceutical Companies, Philanthropic Foundations), regulations (International Law), approaches to understanding health (Global Health Governance, Health as a Human Right, and Biopolitics), the threat of health in international relations (Security, Bioterrorism), gaps in international health governance (Gender, and give focus to two specific case studies that have been fundamental to putting health on the international agenda (HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease and Pandemic Flu).

Article.  15521 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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