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The Deadly Ideas of Neoliberalism: How the IMF Has Undermined Public Health and the Fight Against AIDS

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The Deadly Ideas of Neoliberalism explores the history of and current collision between two of the major global phenomena that have characterized the last 30 years: the spread of HIV/AIDS and other diseases of poverty and the ascendancy of neoliberal economic ideas. The book explains not only how IMF policies of restrictive spending have exacerbated public health problems in developing countries, in particular the HIV/AIDS crisis, but also how such issues cannot be resolved under these economic policies. It also suggests how mounting global frustration about this inability to adequately address HIV/AIDS will ultimately lead to challenges to the dominant neoliberal ideas, as other more effective economic ideas for increasing public spending are sought.

In stark, powerful terms, Rowden offers a unique and in-depth critique of development economics, the political economy dynamics of global foreign aid and health institutions, and how these seemingly abstract factors play out in the real world - from the highest levels of global institutions to African finance and health ministries to rural health outposts in the countryside of developing nations, and back again.

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The Deadly Ideas of Neoliberalism explores the history of and current collision between two of the major global phenomena that have characterized the last 30 years: the spread of HIV/AIDS and other diseases of poverty and the ascendancy of neoliberal economic ideas. The book explains not only how IMF policies of restrictive spending have exacerbated public health problems in developing countries, in particular the HIV/AIDS crisis, but also how such issues cannot be resolved under these economic policies. It also suggests how mounting global frustration about this inability to adequately address HIV/AIDS will ultimately lead to challenges to the dominant neoliberal ideas, as other more effective economic ideas for increasing public spending are sought.

In stark, powerful terms, Rowden offers a unique and in-depth critique of development economics, the political economy dynamics of global foreign aid and health institutions, and how these seemingly abstract factors play out in the real world - from the highest levels of global institutions to African finance and health ministries to rural health outposts in the countryside of developing nations, and back again.

About the Author

Rick Rowden is Senior Policy Analyst at ActionAid International USA.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part 1  Emergence of HIV/AIDS and the Global Response

1. The History of Global Funding to Fight HIV/AIDS

2. The Impact of the AIDS Response on Public Health Systems

3. The Shortage of Health Care Workers and the 'Brain Drain' Problem

4. The Debate Over 'Vertical' vs. 'Horizontal' Donor Aid

5. Different Types of Health Systems, Different Types of Financing

Part 2  The Neoliberal Development Model

6. The Reagan Revolution, Structural Adjustment and The Washington Consensus

7. Neoliberal Theory and its Policies

8. The Consequences for Development

Part 3  Consequences for Health

9. The Demise of Public Health & Rise of Neoliberalism

10. The Consequences for Health

11. 30 Years Later: Coming Full Circle:Rediscovering Public Health

12. The IMF: Blocking Progress on Public Health

Conclusion

Product Details

ISBN:
9781848132849
Author:
Rowden, Rick
Publisher:
Zed Books
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Public Policy - Economic Policy
Subject:
Development - Economic Development
Subject:
Disease & Health Issues
Subject:
International cooperation
Subject:
Economic assistance -- Developing countries.
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20091131
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.63 x 5.45 x 0.56 in

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History and Social Science » Economics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy
History and Social Science » Sociology » Disease and Health Issues

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The Deadly Ideas of Neoliberalism explores the history of and current collision between two of the major global phenomena that have characterized the last 30 years: the spread of HIV/AIDS and other diseases of poverty and the ascendancy of neoliberal economic ideas. The book explains not only how IMF policies of restrictive spending have exacerbated public health problems in developing countries, in particular the HIV/AIDS crisis, but also how such issues cannot be resolved under these economic policies. It also suggests how mounting global frustration about this inability to adequately address HIV/AIDS will ultimately lead to challenges to the dominant neoliberal ideas, as other more effective economic ideas for increasing public spending are sought.

In stark, powerful terms, Rowden offers a unique and in-depth critique of development economics, the political economy dynamics of global foreign aid and health institutions, and how these seemingly abstract factors play out in the real world - from the highest levels of global institutions to African finance and health ministries to rural health outposts in the countryside of developing nations, and back again.

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