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The State and Global Health

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Ted Schrecker


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Although global health researchers and practitioners routinely interact with stateagencies, the research literature contains little theorizing or critical reflection on the roleof the state. This chapter addresses this neglect on two dimensions: states’ policies withintheir borders and states’ involvement with global health politics and other areas ofinternational interaction that influence health. Examples are drawn from both rich andpoor countries. The chapter concludes by examining three lines of argument related tothe declining relevance of the nation-state, organized around pressures for economicpolicy convergence; the proliferation of non-state actors in global health, and theemergence of a nascent transnational state. While each has merit, each likewise risksoverstating the case for a ‘post-Westphalian’ global order.

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Author(s): Schrecker T

Editor(s): McInnes, C; Lee, K; Youde, J

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Oxford Handbook of Global Health Politics

Year: 2020

Pages: 281-299

Print publication date: 01/03/2020

Online publication date: 01/02/2018

Acceptance date: 14/11/2017

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Place Published: Oxford, UK


DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190456818.013.18

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9780190456818