The Rise of Global Health

The Evolution of Effective Collective Action

By Joshua K. Leon

Subjects: International Relations, Health Care, International Organizations, Social Movements, Health And Society
Paperback : 9781438455167, 240 pages, January 2016
Hardcover : 9781438455174, 240 pages, March 2015

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Table of contents

List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
1. The Rise of Regime Complex for Global Health
2. Specialization Among States: Finding Roles, Narrowing Priorities
3. Multilateral Specialization: Institutional Roles amidst Emergent Regime Density
4. Non-State Actors: Community Engagement and Privatized Specialization
5. Conclusion: Problems and Prospects for Global Health Governance
Appendix: Aid Priorities Among DAC Bilateral Donors

Chronicles the expanding global effort to confront public health challenges.


Since the year 2000, unprecedented resources have been committed to the complex challenge of developing global public health solutions by national governments, multilateral organizations, and civil society groups. This vast global movement is one of the most remarkable political phenomena of twenty-first-century international relations—but is it working? In The Rise of Global Health, Joshua K. Leon argues against the conventional wisdom, which argues that collective action on development issues—including controversial increases in foreign aid—is too inherently inefficient to succeed. Leon shows that public action on a global level can successfully pursue health equality. Often at the behest of grassroots activists, these disparate groups of actors are cooperating more than ever with the aim of improving our human potential through better health. Though operating at cross purposes with unequal trade agreements and other factors within the global economy harming the Global South, we learn something surprising about global health governance—it is evolving in ways more efficient than we think.

Joshua K. Leon is Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Iona College.


"…this excellent analysis of key actors in global health and how their activities affect the transnational governance of public health will be invaluable to policy makers and those interested in public health … Highly recommended." — CHOICE