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14 - Globalisation and health policy: trends and opportunities

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 September 2009

Kent Buse
Affiliation:
Assistant Professor of International Health School of Public Health at the Yale University School of Medicine
Nick Drager
Affiliation:
Coordinator: Globlization, Cross Sectoral Policies and Human Rights Department of Health and Sustainable Development with the World Health Organisation
Suzanne Fustukian
Affiliation:
Senior Lecturer in International Health Centre for International Health Studies, Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh
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
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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Introduction

In this concluding chapter, we focus on key lessons from the preceding chapters concerning the potential impacts of globalisation on the making of health policy, particularly policy affecting the health of populations in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The contested nature of the globalisation and health policy debate was touched upon in the introductory chapter. The political left and right, as well as groups in the North and South, among others, advance divergent claims, counter-claims and speculation regarding the impact of globalisation on health policy. Regrettably, these claims are too rarely based on empirical analysis. This book represents an attempt to infuse into the debate analysis on a selected range of health policy issues.

In light of our understanding of globalisation, as a set of processes that are transforming the nature of human interaction across a wide range of spheres (e.g. social, political, economic and technological) and along three dimensions of change (spatial, cognitive and temporal), we begin with the assumption that globalisation has altered the world of policy-making in tangible ways. Evidence of this is manifest in the answers to a range of questions that this concluding chapter seeks to explore. In what ways, and to what extent, can health issues be considered global? How is globalisation changing the nature of the challenges faced by policy-makers? How do determinants of health that are transnational in nature affect the type of issues on the health agenda?

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Print publication year: 2002

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  • Globalisation and health policy: trends and opportunities
    • By Kent Buse, Assistant Professor of International Health School of Public Health at the Yale University School of Medicine, Nick Drager, Coordinator: Globlization, Cross Sectoral Policies and Human Rights Department of Health and Sustainable Development with the World Health Organisation, Suzanne Fustukian, Senior Lecturer in International Health Centre for International Health Studies, Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh, 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
  • 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/CBO9780511489037.016
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  • Globalisation and health policy: trends and opportunities
    • By Kent Buse, Assistant Professor of International Health School of Public Health at the Yale University School of Medicine, Nick Drager, Coordinator: Globlization, Cross Sectoral Policies and Human Rights Department of Health and Sustainable Development with the World Health Organisation, Suzanne Fustukian, Senior Lecturer in International Health Centre for International Health Studies, Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh, 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
  • 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/CBO9780511489037.016
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  • Globalisation and health policy: trends and opportunities
    • By Kent Buse, Assistant Professor of International Health School of Public Health at the Yale University School of Medicine, Nick Drager, Coordinator: Globlization, Cross Sectoral Policies and Human Rights Department of Health and Sustainable Development with the World Health Organisation, Suzanne Fustukian, Senior Lecturer in International Health Centre for International Health Studies, Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh, 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
  • 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/CBO9780511489037.016
Available formats
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