Trade and Investment Agreements and the Global Politics of Health

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Title of host publicationOxford Handbook of Global Health Politics
DatePublished - 18 Jan 2018
Number of pages22
PublisherOxford University Press
Place of PublicationOxford
EditorsColin McInnes, Kelley Lee
Original languageEnglish

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NameOxford Handbooks Online
PublisherOxford University Press


This chapter examines the politics of trade and investment agreements, and the ways in which these interact with the politics of health, at the global and domestic levels. The chapter first examines the operation of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and its implications for health, illustrating this with a WTO dispute between Indonesia and the USA involving the latter’s ban on flavoured cigarettes. It then examines aspects of the “next generation” of trade and investment agreements that have particular implications for health policy, notably investor-state dispute settlement and regulatory cooperation. The analytical focus of this chapter is on the political processes and actors at the global and domestic levels that interact to produce trade policy and its impacts upon health.

    Research areas

  • trade and investment agreements, World Trade Organization, investor-state dispute settlement, regulatory cooperation, political actors

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