SARS and Vulnerabilities of Post-Westphalian Public Health

  • David P. Fidler


Reflecting on the experience of handling the SARS epidemic, WHO’s Mike Ryan observed that’ [a] Rubicon has been crossed. There’s no going back now’ (Piller, 2003). As previous chapters illuminated, the SARS outbreak confirms that public health has moved into post-Westphalian governance territory with respect to infectious diseases. The successful management of the global SARS threat provides ample evidence that the governance possibilities in post-Westphalian public health possess exciting potential. Much future work, including the completion of the revision of the International Health Regulations and the establishment of the public-private partnership to fund improvements in national SARS-related surveillance and response capabilities, will focus on exploiting the possibilities revealed dramatically in the SARS crisis.


Collective Action Problem Global Public Good Health Governance Infectious Disease Control International Health Regulation 
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© David P. Fidler 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • David P. Fidler
    • 1
  1. 1.Indiana UniversityUSA

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