Regional Health Governance and Diplomacy: Journal of Global Social Policy Special Issue 15(3)

Yeates, Nicola and Riggirozzi, Pia (2015). Regional Health Governance and Diplomacy: Journal of Global Social Policy Special Issue 15(3). Sage.

URL: http://gsp.sagepub.com/content/15/3.toc

Abstract

This Special Issue addresses the regional dimension of social (health) policy and diplomacy by looking at regional organisations in Southern Africa and South America. It is organised into two sections: the first section comprises five original research papers centred on world-regional health governance and diplomacy; the second section, Forum, brings together policy-facing articles considering the value of a regional perspective in the post-2015 Sustainable Development agenda. The focus on health allows an assessment of how Southern regional organisations address poverty, inclusion and social inequality as well as the opportunities for Southern regional formations to engage within power constellations, institutions, processes, interests and ideological positions affecting health within different levels spheres of governance. This focus on Southern regional institutions as sites of policy-making and as international policy actors adds important geographical nuances to research into the foreign policy dynamics of regional formations that have, to date, largely focused on the European Union. The Special Issue brings to light new evidence about how the 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.

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