Public Administration in the Context of Global Governance
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Public Administration in the Context of Global Governance

Edited by Soonhee Kim, Shena Ashley and Henry W. Lambright

This collection explores the frontiers of knowledge at the intersection of public administration and international relations scholarship. The culturally, generationally and academically diverse team of editors stake a meaningful claim in this burgeoning field by bringing together an international group of top and emerging scholars who think and research at this intersection. The acceleration of global governance arrangements presents a new sphere of public administration beyond the nation-state, and a new set of challenges for national and local governments that have gone unexplored. Public administration scholarship has essentially ignored the thousands of international and transboundary organizations that have become critical to the creation and implementation of global policy. This book highlights a broad range of research topics and approaches to help illustrate the expansive contours of relevant inquiry and to advance research in the field. There is no other collection that considers the broad context of globalizing public administration and the many institutional and governance forms entailed.
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Chapter 15: Insights from public administration scholarship for addressing global health governance challenges

Edward W. Malone, Yusra R. Shawar and Jeremy Shiffman


Global health scholars have noted a sea change over the past two decades in efforts around the world to improve health and wellbeing. In particular, the transition from ‘international health’ to ‘global health’ has been marked by two trends: a dramatic increase in the number of actors involved in the health arena and a significant reconfiguration of the traditional relationships among these actors (Hill, 2011). The bulk of these new actors fall into the non-state category, both for-profit and not-for-profit, and many of them increasingly compete with state actors – both nation-states and intergovernmental organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) – for power and influence. For example, analysts note the outsized influence of the Gates Foundation and a host of global health partnerships that it has supported (Rushton and Williams, 2011). In short, the landscape of global health has been fundamentally transformed. This large influx of diverse actors has complicated attempts to govern the realm of global health. It generates a practical concern: how can policies and programs be implemented effectively in such a crowded and disorganized environment? In addition, it raises the question of how to hold these actors – new and old – accountable.

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