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Global health governance: conflicts on global social rights

Global Health Governance: Konflikte um globale soziale Rechte
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Hein, Wolfgang; Kohlmorgen, Lars

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Abstract This article analyses the impact of new institutional structures in global health governance (GHG) on the realization of social rights in poor countries. Focusing on the example of global HIV/AIDS politics. The article argues that new governance modes increase the participation of civil society groups and affected communities, but also that they are frequently instrumentalized by powerful actors to pursue their particular interests. In fact, increasing resources are mobilized for the fight against poverty-related diseases. The article concludes that, as the experience of HIV/AIDS politics, the conflicts around the TRIPS Agreement and the development of Global Public-Private Partnerships GPPPs suggest, GHG is characterized by a combination of moral values and material interests that does not guarantee a comprehensive realization of social rights, but which allows some progress in the fight against poverty-related diseases - a step toward realization of social rights.
Keywords development policy; developing country; health policy; health care; combating poverty; AIDS; global governance; social rights; newly industrializing countries; institutional factors; institutional change; illness; health care services; interest orientation; civil society; contagious disease; medical care
Classification International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy; Health Policy; Sociology of Developing Countries, Developmental Sociology
Method descriptive study
Free Keywords global health governance; global social rights; HIV/AIDS politics; international organizations; new governance modes; global social justice
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 80-108
Journal Global Social Policy, 8 (2008) 1
ISSN 1741-2803
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
This publication is with permission of the rights owner freely accessible due to an Alliance licence and a national licence (funded by the DFG, German Research Foundation) respectively.