Top 10 on power in health
An article written by Desmond McNeill et al. is selected as one of top 10 articles on power in health.
Desmond McNeill giving a talk at the SDG conference in Bergen. Photo: Eivind Senneset for University of Bergen
The article The global politics of health: actors and initiatives is listed as one of the '10 best resources' on power in health policy and systems in low- and middle-income countries - based on a rigorous study of 171 articles.
We selected this resource due to its success in weaving together multiple sources of evidence to interpret and put forward an empirically sound power analysis, and to analyse power at the interface between global and national actors, comment the reviewers.
In the article cited, Desmond McNeill and the co-authors discuss the role of power in shaping international dynamics in the area of childhood immunizations. The article highlights how different sources of power enabled global level player to shape national health policies.
This is just one, albeit important, example of a very widespread phenomenon whereby the policy space of poor countries is constrained by what may be described as the soft power of global actors, says McNeill.
The reviewers remark that McNeill and colleagues present a compelling example of power analysis by drawing upon multiple sources of evidence, and that they interpret that evidence using a strong theoretical base.
See the full list of the 10 best resources on power in health, by Sriram et al. in Health and Policy Planning, 2018.
The article The global politics of health: actors and initiatives, by Desmond McNeill, Steinar Andresen and Kristin Sandberg, is published in the book Roalkvam, S., McNeill, D. & Blume, S. (eds.) Protecting the World's Children. Immunisation policies and Practices (2013).
A resource on politics and global health
Desmond McNeill has worked with power and policy in global governance for many years. As Chair of the Independent Panel on Global Governance for Health, he has been part of several publications on the political origins of health inequalities. The Lancet-UiO Commission, also cited in the article, has received considerable positive attention around the world.
McNeill has also recently written on how to motivate political change within global health governance, how the World Bank engages with human rights and health and the implications of Trade and Investment Agreements (TIA) for health protection.