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Sick SocietiesResponding to the global challenge of chronic disease$
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David Stuckler and Karen Siegel

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199574407

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574407.001.0001

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Politics of chronic disease

Politics of chronic disease

What action is currently happening globally?

Where is the money coming from, where is it going, and is it enough?

Why are chronic diseases neglected?

How can the priority of chronic diseases be increased?

(p.135) Chapter 5 Politics of chronic disease
Sick Societies

David Stuckler

Sanjay Basu

Lawrence King

Sarah Steele

Martin McKee

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The first part of this chapter examines why chronic diseases continue to have low political priority in spite of a growing number of doctors, advocates, and patients who are deeply concerned about them. It evaluates the political economy of chronic disease by mapping the programmes and budgets of eight key institutions involved (or not) in the prevention and control of chronic diseases (private donors, national development agencies, academic institutions, nation-states and health ministries, international financial institutions, the UN, and WHO). The next part describes how a social movement to influence the political priority and action on chronic diseases might be created. Using a sociological model of the political process, it draws insights from the success and failure of a range of social movements, from climate change to HIV/AIDS, to civil rights campaigns. It identifies three main strategies for strengthening a social movement on chronic diseases: reframing the debate, creating and identifying political opportunities, and mobilizing resources.

Keywords:   political priority, healthcare policy, political economy, disease prevention, disease control, global health, social movement, political action

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