Bioethics in Perspective: Corporate Power, Public Health and Political Economy

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 13, 2010 - Political Science
In Bioethics in Perspective Scott Mann demonstrates the importance of issues of corporate power, global inequality and sustainability in shaping health outcomes around the world. The text develops a comprehensive ethical and practical critique of the neoliberal economic ideas which have guided policy in the English-speaking world. It explores the consequences of such policies for health and healthcare around the world, in terms of increasing health inequalities, serious food and water shortages, inadequate health care provision and the marketing of dangerous and unnecessary drugs. With clear proposals for political and economic reform to effectively address these problems, Bioethics in Perspective provides an important counterbalance to much conventional commentary on bioethics. It takes readers with little or no prior knowledge of ethics, economics or medicine quickly and easily into advanced debates and discussions about the causes and consequences of health and illness around the world.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Ethics and ideology
10
2 Freely competitive markets
36
3 Problems of competition
60
4 Health inequalities
96
5 Food and water
117
6 GM foods and life patents
146
7 Energy and the greenhouse effect
170
8 Health care provision
198
9 Drugs drug testing and drug companies
221
10 What is to be done?
256
Bibliography
269
Index
274
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About the author (2010)

Scott Mann BA Hons (Sussex), MPhil (Sussex), PhD (Sydney) is Associate Professor, School of Law, University of Western Sydney.

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