It has become commonplace to argue that global health has ascended from â€œlow politicsâ€ to the ranks of â€œhigh politicsâ€ in international relationsâ€”those issues of existential importance to the state and which concern its very survival. Despite its ubiquity, the actual substance of such a shift in the framing of global health is largely unexamined. In this article, I argue that empirical evidence belies the idea that global health is a â€œhigh politicsâ€ issue. This dichotomy makes little sense, and efforts to reframe global health as a â€œhigh politicsâ€ or securitized issue rarely succeed. While it is undoubtedly true that global health has received significantly greater attention from the international community over the past twenty-five to thirty years, that attention does not spring from global health being reframed as a â€œhigh politicsâ€ issue for states.
|Pages (from-to)||(14 pp)|
|Journal||Journal of Global Security Studies|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|