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The Handbook of Global Health Policy

The Handbook of Global Health Policy

Garrett W. Brown (Editor), Gavin Yamey (Editor), Sarah Wamala (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-67419-2

May 2014, Wiley-Blackwell

632 pages

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The Handbook of Global Health Policy provides a definitive source of the key areas in the field. It examines the ethical and practical dimensions of new and current policy models and their effect on the future development of global health and policy.

  • Maps out key debates and policy structures involved in all areas of global health policy
  • Isolates and examines new policy initiatives in global health policy
  • Provides an examination of these initiatives that captures both the ethical/critical as well as practical/empirical dimensions involved with global health policy, global health policy formation and its implications
  • Confronts the theoretical and practical questions of ‘who gets what and why’ and ‘how, when and where?’
  • Captures the views of a wide array of scholars and practitioners, including from low- and middle-income countries, to ensure an inclusive view of current policy debates

Notes on Contributors
Forward – Global Health Policymaking in Transition
Sir Richard Feachem
Garrett Wallace Brown, Gavin Yamey and Sarah Wamala
I. Global Health Policy and Global Health Governance

1 Understanding Global Health Policy
Ruairí Brugha, Carlos Bruen and Viroj Tangcharoensathien   

2 Critical Reflections on Global Health Policy Formation: From Renaissance to Crisis
Sophie Harman 

3 Contemporary Global Health Governance: Origins, Functions and Challenges
Rajaie Batniji and Francisco Songane     

4 Global Health Justice and the Right to Health
Garrett Wallace Brown and Lauren Paremoer

II. Narrowing the Gap Between Knowledge and Action      

5 Measuring the World's Health: How Good are our Estimates?
Nancy Fullman, Abraham Flaxman, Julie Knoll Rajaratnam, Rafael Lozano and Katherine Leach-Kemon      

6 Achieving Better Global Health Policy, Even When Health Metrics Data are Scanty
Peter Byass     

7 An Argument for Evidence-Based Policymaking in Global Health
Gavin Yamey and Jimmy Volmink  

8 Can Global Health Policy be Depoliticised? A Critique of Global Calls for Evidence-Based Policy
Amy Barnes and Justin Parkhurst
III. The Politics of Risk, Disease and Neglect      

9 Dietary Policies to Reduce Noncommunicable Diseases
Ashkan Afshin, Renata Micha, Shahab Khatibzadeh, Laura A. Schmidt and Dariush Mozaffarian    

10 Ethical Reflections on Who Is At Risk: Vulnerability and Global Public Health
Christine Straehle 

11 Ethical and Economic Perspectives on Global Health Interventions
Sonia Bhalotra and Thomas Pogge 

12 Global Health Policy Responses to the World's Neglected Diseases
Mary Moran      

13 The Fight for Global Access to Essential Health Commodities
Manica Balasegaram, Michelle Childs and James Arkinstall 

14 The Social Determinants of Health
Arne Ruckert and Ronald Labonté

IV. Diplomacy, Security and Humanitarianism     

15 Arguments for Securitizing Global Health Priorities
Simon Rushton 

16 Viral Sovereignty: The Downside Risks of Securitizing Infectious Disease
Stefan Elbe and Nadine Voelkner   

17 The Humanitarian Sector in Evolution: Repercussions for the Health Sector
François Grünewald and Veronique de Geoffroy   

18 The Limits of Humanitarian Action
Hugo Slim

V. Financing and the Political Economy of Global Health  

19 The Global Health Financing Architecture and the Millennium Development Goals
Marco Schäferhoff, Christina Schrade and Matthew Schneider      

20 Can International Aid Improve Health?
Christopher J. Coyne and Claudia R. Williamson  

21 The Exterritorial Reach of Money: Global Finance and Social Determinants of Health
Ted Schrecker  

22 Trade Rules and Intellectual Property Protection for Pharmaceuticals
Valbona Muzaka   

23 The Health Systems Agenda: Prospects for the Diagonal Approach
Julio Frenk, Octavio Gómez-Dantés and Felicia M. Knaul

24 Will Effective Health Delivery Platforms be Built in Low-Income Countries?
Gorik Ooms, Peter S. Hill and Yibeltal Assefa

VI. Health Rights and Partnerships 

25 A Rights-Based Approach to Global Health Policy: What Contribution can Human Rights Make to Achieving Equity?
Lisa Forman     

26 From Aid to Accompaniment: Rules of the Road for Development Assistance
Vanessa Kerry, Agnes Binagwaho, Jonathan Weigel and Paul Farmer       

27 Global Health Partnerships: The Emerging Agenda
Jeremy Youde  

28 Partnerships and the MDGs: The Challenges of Reforming Global Health Governance
Michael Moran and Michael Stevenson

VII. Beyond Globalization  

29 Preparing for the Next Pandemic
Adam Kamradt-Scott     

30 Globalization and Global Health
Matt X. Richardson, Mike M. Callaghan and Sarah Wamala  


“This is a critical work to help scholars, practitioners, and students better understand the interdisciplinary arena of global health policy . . . Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.”  (Choice, 1 July 2015)