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The Handbook of Global Health Policy by Garrett W. Brown, Gavin Yamey, Sarah Wamala

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Introduction

Garrett W. Brown, Gavin Yamey, and Sarah Wamala

Why Global Health Policy

The world has become increasingly interconnected. Because of this interdependence, humanity is presented with new and challenging collective action problems such as global poverty, a lack of global development, climate change, human and national security, nuclear proliferation, transborder infectious diseases, the globalization of disease risk factors, and global economic crisis. Traditional multilateral policy models are strained to sufficiently tackle these global problems. As a result, academics, practitioners, and politicians have increasingly called for a broadening of existing structures of global governance, global public policy formation, and global policy implementation. One such growing concern involves global health. There are new calls to find innovative ways to generate robust global health policy so as to effectively respond to some of the world's most pressing health concerns.

Because of an increased interconnection between globalization and public health, the last decade has seen growing interest in global health governance and global health more generally, including new research centers and teaching programs related to global health policy. In addition, more mainstream academic circles have started to pay closer attention to global health policy and its important place in global politics with a plethora of social science publications being generated since the turn of the millennium. ...

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