Securitization of international public health: Implications for global health governance and the biological weapons prohibition regime

Alexander Kelle

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Abstract

This article analyzes the extent to which international public health has become securitized and what effects this has on global health governance and the biological weapons control regime. Attempts to securitize public health are traced in the two multilateral discursive spaces of greatest relevance to biological weapons arms control and international public health; the community of state parties to the Biological Weapons Convention, and the World Health Organization. The conclusion is that with respect to public health, the identified securitization moves have led to a strengthening of the state as actor in the provision of international public health. For biological weapons arms control, the impact of the identified securitization moves depends largely on the overall development of the biological weapons control regime.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-235
Number of pages19
JournalGlobal Governance
Volume13
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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