State Agency and Global Health Governance: The Foreign Policy and Global Health Initiative

Global Health Governance, Vol X, No 2, 2016, pp. 80-92.

Global health governance has been a budding academic field for the last decade and can benefit from utilizing political science perspectives in building a body of knowledge through empirical reserach. This appraoch has been applied in the study of the Global Health Initiative, also known as the Oslo Ministerial Group, a club of seven countries who in 2006 decided to jointly advance the issue of health as foreign policy. Our data suggests that it has proven to be a resilient group. The data brought forth three factors that seem to have worked as enablers in strenthening its role and impact namely by bridging global arenas, supporting negotiating processes and influencing national arenas. Our findings suggest that the initiative scores are somewhat higher on the first two indiucators than the third.



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