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The deadly ideas of neoliberalism : how the IMF has undermined public health and the fight against AIDS / Rick Rowden.

  • Rowden, Rick.
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"The Deadly Ideas of Neoliberalism explores the history of and current collision between two major global phenomena of the last thirty years: the spread of HIV/AIDS and other diseases of poverty and the ascendancy of neoliberal economics. The book explains not only how IMF policies of restrictive spending have exacerbated public health problems in developing countries, in particular the HIV/AIDS crisis, but also how those problems cannot be resolved under such policies. In stark, powerful terms, Rowden offers a unique, in-depth critique of the political economy of global foreign aid and health institutions."--Page 4 of cover.


London : Zed Books, 2009.

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243 pages ; 22 cm


Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-235) and index.


Introduction -- [pt.] 1. Emergence of HIV/AIDS and the global response. The history of global funding to fight HIV/AIDS -- The impact of the AIDS response on public health systems -- The shortage of healthcare workers and the 'brain drain' problem -- The debate over 'vertical' versus 'horizontal' donor aid -- Different types of health systems, different types of financing -- [pt.] 2. The neoliberal development mode. The Reagan revolution, structural adjustment and the Washington consensus -- Neoliberal theory and its policies -- The consequences for development -- [pt.] 3. Consequences for health. The demise of public health and the rise of neoliberalism -- The consequences for health -- Thirty years later : coming full circle--rediscovering public health -- The IMF : blocking progress on public health.


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