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Governing Public Health: EU Law, Regulation and Biopolitics

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ISBN13: 9781849462204
Published: July 2015
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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This book contributes towards EU studies and the growing discourse on law and public health. It uses the EU’s governance of public health as a lens through which to explore questions of legal competence and its development through policy and concrete techniques, processes and practices, risk and security, human rights and bioethics, accountability and legitimacy, democracy and citizenship, and the nature, essence and ‘future trajectory’ of the European integration project. These issues are explored first, by situating the EU's public health strategy within the overarching architecture of governance and subsequently by examining its operationalisation in relation to the key public health problems of cancer, HIV/AIDS and pandemic planning.

The book argues that the centrality and valorisation of scientific and technical knowledge and expertise in the EU's risk-based governance means that citizen participation in decision-making is largely marginalised and underdeveloped – and that this must change if public health and the quality, accountability and legitimacy of EU governance and its regulation are to be improved. Subsequently the book goes on to argue that the legitimating discourses of ethics and human rights, and the developing notion of EU (supra-)stewardship responsibility, can help to highlight the normative dimensions of governance and its interventions in public health. These discourses and dimensions provide openings and possibilities for citizens to power ‘technologies of participation’ and contribute important supplementary knowledge to decision-making.

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Subjects:
Medical Law, EU Law
Contents:
1. Context, Approach and Overview
I. Introduction
II. Law, Public Health and Participation
III. Governing in Late Modernity: Theory, Concepts and Methods
IV. Overview

Part I: Governing Public Health

2. EU Public Health Governance: From the Overarching Architecture to the Health Strategy
I. Introduction
II. The EU and Public Health: Legal Competence, Governance and Responsibility
III. Operationalising the Overarching Strategy in the Field of Public Health: Together for Health
IV. Structured Cooperation: Public Health Policy Implementation and the Health Programmes
V. Conclusion

3. Cancer
I. Introduction
II. From the Overarching Architecture of Governance to Action Against Cancer: European Partnership via Together for Health
III. European Partnership for Action Against Cancer
IV. Conclusion

4. HIV/AIDS
I. Introduction
II. From the Overarching Architecture of Governance to Combating HIV/AIDS within the EU and in the NeighbouringCountries - Reflecting Together for Health
III. Taking Action: Combating HIV/AIDS within the EU and in the Neighbouring Countries
IV. Technologies for the Gathering and Production of Knowledge V. Conclusion

5. Pandemics and Beyond
I. Introduction
II. From the Overarching Architecture of Governance to Pandemic Infl uenza Preparedness - Reflecting Together for Health
III. Governing the Future Through Preparedness Planning
IV. Conclusion

Part II: Enhancing Citizen Participation in Governing Public Health

6. Citizen Participation in Governing: Discursive Resources, Tools and Spaces
I. Introduction
II. Summary of the Findings So Far
III. Risk, Public Health and Citizen Participation
IV. Opening Discursive Space and Powering Technologies of Participation
V. Conclusion

7. Querying Framing and Knowledge Production: Risk, Numbers, Measurement and Evaluation
I. Introduction
II. Querying Risk
III. Querying Scientific and Technical Knowledge Production
IV. Clinical Trials
V. Conclusion

8. Querying Interventions: Magic Bullet Responses and Technological Fixes
I. Introduction
II. Interventions
III. Pharmaceuticals Abroad: Access, Prioritisation and Triage
IV. Conclusion

9. Conclusion