The third paper in the GHE research series provides a discussion on global public goods theory and its relevance for governance for global health in Europe. Many global health challenges bring to mind the concept of public goods, a concept that is well established in economics but has so far been primarily applied to national phenomena. Within the national context we have learned that public goods pose very special provision or governance challenges, so-called collective action problems. Carried over to the global level through increasing openness and interconnectedness of economies and policy fields global public goods pose even more collective-action challenges, not least because the institution of the state (that helps us nationally to overcome collective action-problems) has no equivalent at the international level.
Written by Inge Kaul and David Gleicher, his paper proposes how European institutions and governments could explore how and where to strengthen their roles in meeting health-related global challenges through the collective provision of national and regional building blocks for global public goods.
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About the Authors
Inge Kaul is adjunct professor at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, Germany and advisor to various governmental, multilateral and non-profit organizations on policy options to meet global challenges, including new and innovative ways of international-cooperation finance and global-issue diplomacy. She was the first director of UNDP’s Human Development Report Office, a position, which she held from 1989 to 1994, and director of UNDP’s Office of Development Studies from 1995 to 2005. For more on Professor Kaul and her work please visit http://www.ingekaul.net/
David Gleicher is project officer at the Global Health Programme of the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, Geneva, where he supports the Global Health Europe project. For more information on David and the Global Health Programme please visit http://graduateinstitute.ch/globalhealth/home/page8514.html