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Beyond China: Lessons from SARS for Post-Westphalian Public Health

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Although China provides the most dramatic evidence that public health has moved into a post-Westphalian context, the SARS outbreak produced other indications that public health has transitioned into a new governance era. These developments demonstrate that SARS has governance implications that reach beyond China’s handling of SARS. The manner in which SARS was managed globally reveals the emergence of a framework of universal scope affecting all countries, be they weak or powerful. This chapter analyzes four features of the SARS outbreak that support the argument that public health governance has entered a post-Westphalian period.


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© 2004 David P. Fidler

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Fidler, D.P. (2004). Beyond China: Lessons from SARS for Post-Westphalian Public Health. In: SARS, Governance and the Globalization of Disease. Palgrave Macmillan, London.

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