What contribution can International Relations make to the evolving global health agenda?

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Title What contribution can International Relations make to the evolving global health agenda?
Author Davies, Sara Ellen
Journal Name International Affairs
Editor Caroline Soper, Chatham House
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Abstract This article presents two approaches that have dominated International Relations in their approach to the international politics of health. The statist approach, which is primarily security-focused, seeks to link health initiatives to a foreign or defence policy remit. The globalist approach, in contrast, seeks to advance health not because of its intrinsic security value but because it advances the well-being and rights of individuals. This article charts the evolution of these approaches and demonstrates why both have the potential to shape our understanding of the evolving global health agenda. It examines how the statist and globalist perspectives have helped shape contemporary initiatives in global health governance and suggests that there is evidence of an emerging convergence between the two perspectives. This convergence is particularly clear in the articulation of a number of UN initiatives in this area—especially the One World, One Health Strategic Framework and the Oslo Ministerial Declaration (2007) which inspired the first UN General Assembly resolution on global health and foreign policy in 2009 and the UN Secretary-General's note 'Global health and foreign policy: strategic opportunities and challenges'. What remains to be seen is whether this convergence will deliver on securing states' interest long enough to promote the interests of the individuals who require global efforts to deliver local health improvements.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2346.2010.00934.x
Volume 86
Issue Number 5
Page from 1167
Page to 1190
ISSN 0020-5850
Date Accessioned 2010-10-27
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Governance and Public Policy; Griffith Asia Institute
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject International Relations
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/34851
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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