Advancing Global Health – The Need for (Better) Social Science; Comment on 'Navigating between Stealth Advocacy and Unconscious Dogmatism: The Challenge of Researching the Norms, Politics and Power of Global Health'

Int J Health Policy Manag. 2016;5(4):279–281. doi:10.15171/ijhpm.2016.13

3 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2016

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Johanna Hanefeld

Health Policy Unit, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Date Written: March 1, 2016

Abstract

In his perspective “Navigating between stealth advocacy and unconscious dogmatism: the challenge of researching the norms, politics and power of global health,” Ooms argues that actions taken in the field of global health are dependent not only on available resources, but on the normative premise that guides how these resources are spent. This comment sets out how the application of a predominately biomedical positivist research tradition in global health, has potentially limited understanding of the value judgements underlying decisions in the field. To redress this critical social science, including health policy analysis has much to offer, to the field of global health including on questions of governance.

Keywords: Governance; Power; Social Science; Health Policy Analysis; Global Health

Suggested Citation

Hanefeld, Johanna, Advancing Global Health – The Need for (Better) Social Science; Comment on 'Navigating between Stealth Advocacy and Unconscious Dogmatism: The Challenge of Researching the Norms, Politics and Power of Global Health' (March 1, 2016). Int J Health Policy Manag. 2016;5(4):279–281. doi:10.15171/ijhpm.2016.13, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2741515

Johanna Hanefeld (Contact Author)

Health Policy Unit, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine ( email )

United Kingdom

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