Governing for the Common Good

Health Care Anal. June 2015, DOI: 10.1007/s10728-015-0294-y

11 Pages Posted: 4 Jul 2015

Date Written: June 30, 2015


The proper object of global health governance (GHG) should be the common good, ensuring that all people have the opportunity to flourish. A well-organized global society that promotes the common good is to everyone’s advantage. Enabling people to flourish includes enabling their ability to be healthy. Thus, we must assess health governance by its effectiveness in enhancing health capabilities. Current GHG fails to support human flourishing, diminishes health capabilities and thus does not serve the common good. The provincial globalism theory of health governance proposes a Global Health Constitution and an accompanying Global Institute of Health and Medicine that together propose to transform health governance. Multiple lines of empirical research suggest that these institutions would be effective, offering the most promising path to a healthier, more just world.

Keywords: Cooperation, Global health governance, Health capability paradigm, Inequity aversion, Provincial globalism, Social motivation

Suggested Citation

Prah Ruger, Jennifer, Governing for the Common Good (June 30, 2015). Health Care Anal. June 2015, DOI: 10.1007/s10728-015-0294-y. Available at SSRN:

Jennifer Prah Ruger (Contact Author)

University of Pennsylvania ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

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