The race for Ebola drugs: pharmaceuticals, security and global health governance

Roemer-Mahler, Anne and Elbe, Stefan (2016) The race for Ebola drugs: pharmaceuticals, security and global health governance. Third World Quarterly, 37 (3). pp. 487-506. ISSN 0143-6597

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The international Ebola response mirrors two broader trends in global health governance: (1) the framing of infectious disease outbreaks as a security threat; and (2) a tendency to respond by providing medicines and vaccines. This article identifies three mechanisms that interlink these trends. First, securitisation encourages technological policy responses. Second, it creates an exceptional political space in which pharmaceutical development can be freed from constraints. Third, it creates an institutional architecture that facilitates pharmaceutical policy responses. The ways in which the securitisation of health reinforces pharmaceutical policy strategies must, the article concludes, be included in ongoing efforts to evaluate them normatively and politically.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Depositing User: Anne Roemer-Mahler
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2016 12:01
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2017 21:30

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Pharmaceuticals and Security: The Role of Public-Private Collaborations in Strengthening Global Health SecurityG1040EUROPEAN UNIONERC-2012-StG_20111124 312567