Thomas, Caroline and Weber, Martin
The politics of global health governance: Whatever happened to "health for all by the year 2000"?
Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations, 10, (2), .
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An evaluation of global health governance (GHG) may help advance conceptual as well as political debates on global governance. Thus the article analyzes and interprets shifts in GHG discourses against the backdrop of two phases of global governance, in broad-brush terms social democracy and neoliberalism.
Insights are derived from a consideration of the competing political projects which underpin respective GHG conceptions, the actors which represent, defend, and advance them, and the structures which frame debates and policy initiatives. Within the context of the current global health crisis, exemplified clearly by the HIV/AIDS problem, it is argued that the main challenge for contemporary GHG is to re-establish within the policy environment the linkage between specific disease-oriented healthcare interventions and the underlying socio-economic context.
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