After the Revolution: Global Health Politics in a Time of Economic Crisis and Threatening Future Trends

David P. Fidler

In 2008, global health’s political revolution, which unfolded over the preceding 10-15 years, ended when four global crises damaged global health and altered the political, diplomatic, and governance contexts in which global health activities operate. The climate change, energy, food, and economic crises revealed limitations in global health’s ability to shape large-scale political, economic, and environmental problems that adversely affect health or harm underlying determinants of health. In addition, projected trends in world affairs potentially threaten health and the ability of countries to craft effective collective action responses to global problems damaging health directly and indirectly. In the post-revolution period, global health faces the daunting challenge of making the re-globalization process necessitated by the global economic crisis as health-centric as possible.