Trade, foreign policy, diplomacy and health

Global health governance

Working papers

The following papers are in draft form for restricted distribution only. They reflect work in progress. For information please write to globalization@who.int

Dodgson R., Lee K., Drager N. Global Health Governance: A Conceptual Review. Geneva: World Health Organization and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 2002. This paper begins with a brief discussion of why global health governance has become such a subject of discussion and debate. The particular impacts that globalization may be having on individuals and societies, and the fundamental challenges that these process pose are then explained. This leads to an identification of the key challenges faced by the health community in bringing about such a system of governance in the future. In conclusion, suggestions are made on how the key types of actors and their respective roles may be defined.

Loughlin K., Berridge V. Global Health Governance: Historical Dimensions of Global Governance. Geneva: World Health Organization and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 2002. This paper aims to highlight the potential of historical analysis as a means to clarify and possibly strengthen the concepts and definition of global health governance. The paper begins by outlining some of the key themes and issues mobilized in contemporary debates about global health governance, highlighting the way historical analysis challenges ideas of the ‘newness’ of some of these developments. The bulk of the paper then presents an overview of developments in international health since the nineteenth century and argues that assumptions about contemporary patterns and relationships need to be tested against this longer history.

Fidler D. Global Health Governance: Overview of the Role of International Law in Protecting and Promoting Global Public Health. Geneva: World Health Organization and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 2002. The basic objective of this paper is to explain the role of international law in protecting and promoting public health on a global basis. In conclusion, the paper suggests that international law is necessary but not sufficient to create effective global health governance. The paper looks at: the theoretical and practical need; the structure and dynamics; how deeply imbedded public health is; the different kinds of global governance mechanisms in international law and the limitations of international law.

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