Asia's Role in Governing Global Health

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Kelley Lee, Tikki Pang, Yeling Tan
Routledge, 2013 - Medical - 281 pages
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In an era of rapid and extensive globalisation, the world faces a wide range of transboundary problems that require effective collective action. Key among these are threats to human health that do not recognise national borders, and include emerging and re-emerging infections, rising rates of chronic diseases, inadequate access to affordable and safe medicines, spreading anti-microbial resistance and the health effects of climate change. These threats require a transnational response and thus pose significant challenges to global health governance, as well as to long established notions of national sovereignty.

This book investigates the neglected question of the impact of a rising Asia on the management of transboundary health problems. The chapters examine the role played by Asia in the governance of a range of global health issues, from development assistance in health, to global health instruments dealing with tobacco control and disease outbreaks, to health research and knowledge products, and the book concludes by examining the broad themes of a rising Asia’s role in the complexity of global health governance. The various analyses are tied together by a common focus on Asian countries’ use of the sovereignty principle, and seek to understand how traditional notions of national sovereignty can both clash with, and enhance, governance objectives in global health. In addition, the contributors examine the interaction between global, regional and domestic institutions, and present current ideas in Asia on the challenge of governing global health.

With an inter-disciplinary approach that combines international relations, public policy and public health, this book will be invaluable to both scholars and policy makers working in these fields, as well as Asian politics, social policy and governance more generally.


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1 Introduction
Part 1 Asian countries as global health donors
Part 2 Asian contributions to collective action instruments to address global health challenges
Part 3 Asian participation in governing global health research and knowledge products
Part 4 Crosscutting perspectives on Asia and global health governance

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About the author (2013)

Kelley Lee is Head, Politics and Policy Group, Department of Global Health and Development, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom.

Tikki Pang is Director, Research Policy & Cooperation, World Health Organization,  Switzerland.

Yeling Tan is a PhD candidate at the John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA.

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