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Regionalism, activism, and rights: new opportunities for health diplomacy in South America

Regionalism, activism, and rights: new opportunities for health diplomacy in South America
Regionalism, activism, and rights: new opportunities for health diplomacy in South America
Tackling germs, negotiating norms, and securing access to medicines are persistent challenges that disproportionally affect developing countries' participation in global health governance. Furthermore, over the last two decades, the excessive focus on global pandemics and security in global health diplomacy, rendered peripheral diseases that usually strike the poor and vulnerable, creating situations of marginalisation and inequality across societies. However, as the importance of regions and regionalism increases in global politics, and integration ambitions and initiatives extend beyond trade and investment to embrace welfare policy, there are new opportunities to explore whether and how regional commitments affect health equity and access to medicine in developing nations. What, if any, are the possibilities for meso-level institutions to provide leadership and direction in support of alternative practices of global (health) governance? Can regional polities become international advocacy actors in support of global justice goals? This article addresses these questions by analysing regional health diplomacy in South America. The article argues that regional organisations can become sites for collective action and pivotal actors in the advocacy of rights (to health) enabling diplomatic and strategic options to member state and nonstate actors, and playing a role as deal-broker in international organisations by engaging in new forms of regional health diplomacy
regionalism, regional integration, health diplomacy, Latin America, health governance, UNASUR
0260-2105
407-428
Riggirozzi, Pia
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Riggirozzi, Pia
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Riggirozzi, Pia (2015) Regionalism, activism, and rights: new opportunities for health diplomacy in South America. Review of International Studies, 41 (2), 407-428. (doi:10.1017/S026021051400028X).

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Tackling germs, negotiating norms, and securing access to medicines are persistent challenges that disproportionally affect developing countries' participation in global health governance. Furthermore, over the last two decades, the excessive focus on global pandemics and security in global health diplomacy, rendered peripheral diseases that usually strike the poor and vulnerable, creating situations of marginalisation and inequality across societies. However, as the importance of regions and regionalism increases in global politics, and integration ambitions and initiatives extend beyond trade and investment to embrace welfare policy, there are new opportunities to explore whether and how regional commitments affect health equity and access to medicine in developing nations. What, if any, are the possibilities for meso-level institutions to provide leadership and direction in support of alternative practices of global (health) governance? Can regional polities become international advocacy actors in support of global justice goals? This article addresses these questions by analysing regional health diplomacy in South America. The article argues that regional organisations can become sites for collective action and pivotal actors in the advocacy of rights (to health) enabling diplomatic and strategic options to member state and nonstate actors, and playing a role as deal-broker in international organisations by engaging in new forms of regional health diplomacy

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e-pub ahead of print date: 2 October 2014
Published date: 1 April 2015
Keywords: regionalism, regional integration, health diplomacy, Latin America, health governance, UNASUR
Organisations: Politics & International Relations

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Local EPrints ID: 371853
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/371853
ISSN: 0260-2105
PURE UUID: e712a3c0-7206-44c8-97d6-67068e4be61a
ORCID for Pia Riggirozzi: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5809-890X

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Date deposited: 20 Nov 2014 08:52
Last modified: 10 Jan 2022 02:56

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