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Ebola respons-ibility: moving from shared to multiple responsibilities

Wenham, Clare ORCID: 0000-0001-5378-3203 (2016) Ebola respons-ibility: moving from shared to multiple responsibilities. Third World Quarterly, 37 (3). pp. 436-451. ISSN 0143-6597

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Identification Number: 10.1080/01436597.2015.1116366


Combating threats of infectious diseases has been increasingly framed as a global shared responsibility for a multi-actor framework, of states, international organisations and non-governmental actors. However, the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has shown that this governance framework has not been able to limit the spread of this virus, despite the normative and legislative changes to global disease control. By unbundling the concept of responsibility, this article will assess how global shared responsibility may have failed due to the fact that accountability does not fall on any one state or stakeholder, highlighting an inherent weakness with the global disease governance regime. As such, this paper concludes that a move towards multiple responsibilities may prove a more effective mechanism for ensuring global health security.

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Additional Information: © 2016 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: Social Policy
LSE Health
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JX International law
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2015 14:27
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2024 19:18

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