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Locating regional health policy: Institutions, politics, and practices

Riggirozzi, Pia and Yeates, Nicola (2015). Locating regional health policy: Institutions, politics, and practices. Global Social Policy, 15(3) pp. 212–228.

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Abstract

Poverty reduction and health became central in the agendas of Southern regional organisations in the last two decades. Yet, little is known about how these organisations address poverty, inclusion and social inequality, and how Southern regional formations are engaging in power constellations, institutions, processes, interests and ideological positions within different spheres of governance. This article reviews academic literatures spanning global social policy, regional studies and diplomacy studies, and the state of knowledge and understanding of the ‘place’ of regional actors in health governance as a global political practice therein. It identifies theoretical and thematic points of connection between disparate literatures and how these can be bridged through research focusing on the social policies of regional organisations and regional integration processes. This framework hence locates the contributions of each of the research articles of this Special Issue of Global Social Policy on the regional dimension of health policy and diplomacy in relation to Southern Africa and South America. It also highlights the ways in which the articles bring new evidence about how social relations of welfare are being (re)made over larger scales and how regional actors may initiate new norms to improve health rights in international arenas engaging in new forms of ‘regional’ diplomacy.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 Sage
ISSN: 1468-0181
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Poverty Reduction and Regional IntegrationES/L005336/1ESRC-DfID
Keywords: Health diplomacy, global health governance, social policy, regional integration, SADC, UNASUR
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: International Development & Inclusive Innovation
Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 44712
Depositing User: Nicola Yeates
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2015 15:34
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2020 20:34
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/44712
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