International Health Worker Migration and Recruitment: Global Governance, Politics and Policy

Yeates, Nicola and Pillinger, Jane (2019). International Health Worker Migration and Recruitment: Global Governance, Politics and Policy. Governance and Public Policy. Routledge.



The book is the first comprehensive study of international health worker-migration and-recruitment from the perspective of global governance, policy and politics.

Covering seventy years of history of the development of this global policy field, this book presents new and previously unpublished data, based on primary research, to reveal for the first time that international health worker-migration-and-recruitment have been major concerns of global policy-making going back to the foundations of post-war international cooperation. The authors analyse the policies and programmes of a wide range of international organisations, from WHO, ILO and UNESCO to the IOM, World Bank and OECD. Presenting previously unpublished primary source data, they feature extended analysis of bilateral agreements to manage health worker-migration-and-recruitment, critiquing the claim that these agreements work in the interests of all countries. Yeates’ and Pillinger’s ground-breaking analysis of global governance presents an assiduously-researched study showing how the interplay and intersections of several global institutional regimes - spanning labour, migration, health, social protection, trade and business, equality and human rights - shape global policy framings and responses to this major health care issue that affects all countries worldwide. It discusses changes to global and national policy needed to realise the health- and health-related Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

This research text will be of key interest to scholars of Global Governance, Global Public Policy, Global Health, Global Politics, Migration studies, Health and Social Care, Social Policy and Development Studies. Policy makers and campaign activists, nationally and globally, will appreciate the practical relevance and applications of the research findings.

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