Review of Innovation in Global Health Governance: Critical Cases by Andrew F. Cooper and John J. Kirton, editors. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, 2009. 422 pp. Hardcover: £60.00, ISBN: 978-0-7546-4872-7, 978-0-7546-8985-0 (e-book)
Reviewed by James Ricci
From avian influenza to tobacco control and Andrew Speaker to the recent emergence of pandemic H1N1, a daunting series of global public health threats have emerged since the SARS outbreak of 2003. Additionally, the HIV epidemic continues to reap deadly havoc across the globe more than quarter of a century after its discovery and shows no signs of slowing despite increased financial resources and political commitment directed at the microscopic pathogen. Accordingly, it is from these unmistakable challenges that Innovation in Global Health Governance: Critical Cases wades in to offer critical analysis of both the current global health issues that have developed in an increasingly globalised and complex world as well as the actors and the relationships between them that are needed to successfully surmount the unprecedented quantity of threats in the early twenty-first century. Accessible to academics and policy makers alike, Andrew Cooper and John Kirton present an edited volume that highlights the highly interrelated, yet essential nature of the challenges that the global community will face in the coming decades.