A Capability Approach to Global Health
To Be Published July 1st 2013 by Routledge – 224 pages
Series: Rethinking Globalizations
A Capability Approach to Global Health explores the growing debate about the globalisation of health and whether global health policies and practices should be instituted--and if so to what extent.
The capability approach is an increasingly popular approach to the study of global justice and global ethics. The book addressess practical global ethical concerns through this framework, for example the ethics of kidney sale and participation in research. Thus the book aims to provide a new approach to conceptualising health and a framework which can be used in addressing practice and developing policy in the global context.
A Capability Approach to Global Health will be of interest to students and scholars of globalisation and the politics of health and healthcare.
Introduction Part 1: Global Health as Capability 1. The globalisation of Health 2. The difficulty of defining Global Health 3. The capability approach to Global health Part 2: Applying Health as Capability 4. Capability and kidney selling 5. Capability and Reproductive Technologies 6. Capability and participation in research and biobanks 7. Capability and resource allocation Part 3: Assessing Global Health as Capability 8. The advantages of the Capability Approach
Iain Law is a senior lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Birmingham. He works primarily in moral philosophy. He has published on autonomy, happiness and well-being, and on the concepts of health, disease and illness. He has a long-standing research interest in the relationship between morality, character and well-being, focussing on the interrelationship between aiming to do the right thing, being a good person, and leading a good/happy life. His recent publications include a paper on depression and character and another on happiness and preference-satisfaction
Heather Widdows is Professor of Global Ethics at the University of Birmingham. She has published widely as a moral philosopher, global ethicist (she is Lead Editor of the Journal of Global Ethics) and a bioethicist. She is well known in policy circles and is the ethicist on the UK Biobank Ethics and Governance Council (http://www.egcukbiobank.org.uk/). She has previously published a monograph (The Moral Vision of Iris Murdoch), two edited collections (The governance of genetic information, CUP; Women’s Reproductive Rights, Palgrave) and is due to deliver in June a collection in this Routledge series with Nicola Smith on Global Social Justice. In addition she has published numerous peer-review articles and book chapters. For further details and a full list of publications see attached CV.