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'Global Health and the Global South. Taking the National Interest Seriously...

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Professor John Harrington School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University.

Massive resources have been directed to improving global health since the late 1990s. Investment by donor states and philanthropists is matched by increased attention from political leaders, policy makers and international relations experts. Diseases in one country, like Ebola, are seen as threatening stability and security more widely. As dense governance regimes have emerged to meet global health challenges and to ensure that the new money is well spent. They evaluate these measures in universalist terms: with reference to human rights, medical science and public health. By default, they assume that norms are simply diffused out from Washington and Geneva and mechanically implemented in the states of the global south. Drawing on extended fieldwork in Kenya, I challenge these assumptions. I argue that nation states play an active role in global health and that we need to recognize the authentic contribution of state institutions, and to account for the influence of specific constitutional, legal and bureaucratic arrangements. We need to attend to how the national interest in and against global health is articulated, in terms of security, sovereignty and development.

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