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1 - An introduction to global health policy

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 September 2009

Kelley Lee
Affiliation:
Senior Lecturer Global Health Policy; Co-director of the Centre on Globalisation, Environmental Change and Health London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Suzanne Fustukian
Affiliation:
Senior Lecturer in International Health Centre for International Health Studies, Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh
Kent Buse
Affiliation:
Assistant Professor of International Health School of Public Health at the Yale University School of Medicine
Kelley Lee
Affiliation:
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Kent Buse
Affiliation:
Yale University, Connecticut
Suzanne Fustukian
Affiliation:
Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh
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Summary

Globalisation is among the most discussed, and is undoubtedly one of the most disputed, terms to have come into common parlance in recent years. Scholarly and popular writing about globalisation has grown exponentially over the past decade or so, spurred by often heated debates over whether or not the process is actually occurring, to what extent, for what reasons, in what forms and with what consequences. Economic globalisation has initially received the lion's share of attention, but recognition of the political, social, cultural, technological, environmental and other aspects of globalisation has rapidly grown in more recent years.

It is in the latter context that this book, which explores how health policy-making is being affected by forces broadly defined as globalisation, was conceived. Health is an important sector of most economies and a core area of social policy. For example, total expenditure on health as a proportion of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is as high as 14 per cent in the US and is over 10 per cent in a number of additional OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) member countries. Public expenditure on health as a proportion of total public expenditure varies widely between countries, with India and Indonesia spending 3.9 and 3.0 per cent respectively, and Andorra and Argentina spending 38.5 and 21.6 per cent respectively (WHO 2000a).

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Print publication year: 2002

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  • An introduction to global health policy
    • By Kelley Lee, Senior Lecturer Global Health Policy; Co-director of the Centre on Globalisation, Environmental Change and Health London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Suzanne Fustukian, Senior Lecturer in International Health Centre for International Health Studies, Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh, Kent Buse, Assistant Professor of International Health School of Public Health at the Yale University School of Medicine
  • Edited by Kelley Lee, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Kent Buse, Yale University, Connecticut, Suzanne Fustukian, Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh
  • Book: Health Policy in a Globalising World
  • Online publication: 22 September 2009
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511489037.003
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  • An introduction to global health policy
    • By Kelley Lee, Senior Lecturer Global Health Policy; Co-director of the Centre on Globalisation, Environmental Change and Health London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Suzanne Fustukian, Senior Lecturer in International Health Centre for International Health Studies, Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh, Kent Buse, Assistant Professor of International Health School of Public Health at the Yale University School of Medicine
  • Edited by Kelley Lee, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Kent Buse, Yale University, Connecticut, Suzanne Fustukian, Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh
  • Book: Health Policy in a Globalising World
  • Online publication: 22 September 2009
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511489037.003
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  • An introduction to global health policy
    • By Kelley Lee, Senior Lecturer Global Health Policy; Co-director of the Centre on Globalisation, Environmental Change and Health London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Suzanne Fustukian, Senior Lecturer in International Health Centre for International Health Studies, Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh, Kent Buse, Assistant Professor of International Health School of Public Health at the Yale University School of Medicine
  • Edited by Kelley Lee, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Kent Buse, Yale University, Connecticut, Suzanne Fustukian, Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh
  • Book: Health Policy in a Globalising World
  • Online publication: 22 September 2009
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511489037.003
Available formats
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