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Does it matter that standard preparedness indices did not predict COVID-19 outcomes?

A number of scientific publications and commentaries have suggested that standard preparedness indices such as the Global Health Security Index (GHSI) and Joint External Evaluation (JEE) scores did not predict COVID-19 outcomes. To some, the failure of these metrics to be predictive demonstrates the need for a fundamental reassessment which better aligns preparedness measurement with operational capacities in real-world stress situations, including the points at which coordination structures and decision-making may fail. There are, however, several reasons why these instruments should not be so easily rejected as preparedness measures.

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Why meta-regulation matters for public health: the case of the EU better regulation agenda

Meta-regulation – the rules that govern how individual policies are developed and reviewed – has not received much attention in the study of health policy. We argue that these rules, far from value-free and objective, have significant potential to shape policy outputs and, as such, health outcomes. Channelling and operationalising wider paradigms like neoliberalism, they determine, for instance, what is considered ‘good’ policy, how decisions are made, based on which evidence, and whose voices matter.

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Globalization and Health is a pioneering transdisciplinary journal that situates public health and well-being within the dynamic forces of global development. We are dedicated to publishing high-quality, original research exploring how globalization processes affect global public health through their impacts on health systems and the social, economic, commercial, and political determinants of health.

We embrace policy, health systems, political economy, international relations and community perspectives.
Single-country studies are welcome if they highlight global/globalization mechanisms and/or relevance to
global-level policy discourse and decision-making.

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Trade and Health
Edited by Arne Ruckert, Ashley Schram and Ronald Labonté

Cross border infectious disease threats: governance and preparedness
Edited by Michael A. Stoto and Michael Clarke

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Ronald Labonté, Editor-in-Chief

Ronald Labonté is a Professor in the School of Public Health and Epidemiology, University of Ottawa, Canada, and Distinguished Research Chair in Globalization and Health Equity. His current work focuses on the political economy of trade and health, health worker migration, medical tourism, health system reform, and global health diplomacy. He chaired the Globalization Knowledge Network for the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health, consults with UN agencies, governments and civil society organizations, and is active in the Peoples’ Health Movement. He enjoyed an earlier career as a health promotion consultant working in Canada and internationally on the social determinants of health equity.

Greg Martin, Editor-in-Chief

Greg Martin is a South African doctor with an MPH and MBA. Dr Martin is currently a Specialist Registrar in Public Health Medicine in Dublin, Ireland. His previous roles have included: the Director of EMTCT at the Clinton Health Access Initiative, the Head of Science and Research at the World Cancer Research Fund and the Chief Operations Officer at UGI. Dr Martin is also the founder and host of This Week in Global Health, a weekly global health news roundup.

Katerini Storeng, Editor-in-Chief

Katerini T. Storeng is Associate Professor at the Centre for DevelopNew Content Itemment and the Environment, University of Oslo, where she leads the Global Health Politics research group and co-directs the Collective for the Political Determinants of Health. With a grounding in medical anthropology, her research focuses on how global public-private partnerships, philanthropies and corporations are reshaping global health governance, knowledge production and policymaking, currently within the domains of pandemic response and digital health.

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