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Global health governance : framework convention on tobacco control (FCTC), the Doha Declaration, and democratisation

Townsend, Belinda, Martin, Erik, Löfgren, Hans and de Leeuw, Evelyne 2012, Global health governance : framework convention on tobacco control (FCTC), the Doha Declaration, and democratisation, Administrative sciences, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 186-202.

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Title Global health governance : framework convention on tobacco control (FCTC), the Doha Declaration, and democratisation
Author(s) Townsend, Belinda
Martin, Erik
Löfgren, Hans
de Leeuw, Evelyne
Journal name Administrative sciences
Volume number 2
Issue number 2
Start page 186
End page 202
Total pages 17
Publisher M D P I AG
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2012
ISSN 2076-3387
Keyword(s) global health governance
Doha Declaration on TRIPS and Public Health
TRIPS
FCTC
international public health policy
implementation
deliberative democracy
Summary Global public health agreements are heralded as a success for the affirmation of the right to health within a complex and contested political landscape. However, the practical implementation of such agreements at the national level is often overlooked. This article outlines two radically different global health agreements: The Doha Declaration on the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) agreement and Public Health; and the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). We identify significant challenges in their implementation, particularly for low and middle income countries. Shifts in the policy network constellations around these two agreements have allowed for some positive influence by civil society. Yet industry influence at the national level constrains effective implementation and those affected by these policies have largely been left on the periphery. The broader provisions of these two agreements have been watered down by vested interests and donor conditions. We advocate for both activist and academic actors to play a significant role in highlighting the consequences of these power asymmetries. Deliberative democracy may be the key to addressing these challenges in a way that empowers those presently excluded from effective participation in the policy process.
Notes Reproduced under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ “Published material can be re-used without obtaining permission as long as a correct citation to the original publication is given” http://www.mdpi.com/about/openaccess
Language eng
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2012, The authors and M D P I AG
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