About the Network
Web Site: Globalization Knowledge Network
Organizational Hub: The Institute of Population Health, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada.
Towards Health-Equitable Globalisation: Rights, Regulation and Redistribution
Author(s): Ronald Labonté, Chantal Blouin, Mickey Chopra, Kelley Lee, Corinne Packer, Mike Rowson, Ted Schrecker, David Woodward
Published: June 2007
Summary: This report looks at how globalization is affecting social determinants of health, with the view that the policies behind global market integration are most important. It overviews both the challenges to reducing health inequities as a result of globalization, as well as the role of globalization in increasing health inequalities. Disparities are identified between rich and poor countries. The report than goes into detail about how globalization affects health and health policy, discussing specifically asymmetries in power and resources, trade liberalization, aid, global markets, and needs such as water and sanitation. The report concludes with a discussion of global policy related to health. The appendices contain seven case studies of developing countries.
Globalization and social determinants of health
Author(s): Ronald Labonté, and Ted Schrecker
Published: August 2005
Summary: Section I puts forward a definition of globalization and describes key strategic and methodological issues, emphasizing that globalization is unlike the topics of most other KNs, and demands a distinctive perspective and approach. Section II describes a number of key ‘clusters’ of pathways leading from globalization to changes in SDH. In our view the most important pathways have been generically identified, but the list is not exhaustive and is subject to refinement in the course of the Globalization KN’s work. Section III provides a similarly generic inventory of potential “interventions,” although in the context of globalization an intervention must be understood much more broadly than in a clinical or community public health setting. Section IV provides a list of the specific research synthesis papers that will comprise a key element of the KN’s activities.