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Biopolitical Surveillance and Public Health in International by J. Youde

By J. Youde

Utilizing old and modern case reports, Youde strains the moving stability among surveillance and international public stable provision and means that a human rights-based procedure bargains a sturdy compromise.

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In these situations, the government often steps in to either produce the good itself or alter the incentives to induce private companies to provide it. None of the ideas discussed above is new or revolutionary; these are basic ideas from any Economics 101 course. In recent years, though, we have witnessed efforts to extend the notion of public goods beyond the subnational or national level. Are there goods and services that the international community has an interest in providing 42 SURV EIL L A NCE AND H E A LT H IN POL I T ICS at an adequate level, yet which the market appears unable to provide?

All these efforts require ongoing surveillance. Critics suggest that a state will only agree to work through these international health efforts as long as they continue to benefit that government,95 but such criticism recognizes that states do see some benefit, at least for the current moment, in engaging in surveillance and allowing others to watch them. With the greater attention paid to international health, we have witnessed a great increase in the resources devoted to addressing the issue.

Living a healthy life would instead allow people to contribute to society in a positive manner. Chadwick’s report spelled out the case for government intervention in regulating the bodies and the health of Britons. Some have extended biopolitics even further, tying it to the rise of fascism and eugenics. If biopolitical regulation seeks to improve the health of the societal collective, then it is not far-fetched to argue that the state has an interest in promoting certain kinds of members of this collective.

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