By Jeremy R, Professor Youde
Via an in-depth exam of the interactions among the South African executive and the overseas AIDS keep an eye on regime, Youde examines not just the emergence of an epistemic neighborhood but in addition the advance of a counter-epistemic neighborhood supplying essentially diverse understandings of AIDS and significantly diverse coverage prescriptions. furthermore, participants became influential within the crafting of the South African government's AIDS regulations, regardless of common condemnation from the foreign clinical neighborhood. This learn highlights the relevance and significance of Africa to foreign affairs. The activities of African states calls into query lots of our uncomplicated assumptions and demanding situations us to refine our analytical framework. preferrred to students drawn to African reviews, overseas enterprises, worldwide governance and infectious illnesses.
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1997, 23). Interest-based theories see states as unitary actors and self-interested utility maximizers with stable and exogenously-knowable interests. In other words, states know what they want, and others can know that, too. International regimes allow states to satisfy their interests by facilitating cooperation with others (Keohane 1984, 6). Regimes alter incentives for states to make cooperation rational for states so as to satisfy their interests without altering those interests or identities (Keohane 1984, 26).
The social negotiation that occurs between scientists and the lay public can be crucial for the eventual reception and acceptance of the scientiﬁc knowledge (Jasanoff 1990, 234). At the same time, contending groups within a democratic political system will attempt to use “their” science to counter the claims of others. Experts will argue with one another. Studies will disagree about conclusions. Groups will cast doubt on the credentials and authority of scientists who disagree with them. Opposing sides will even call upon the insights of science studies and the sociology of scientiﬁc knowledge to challenge others.
Health Minster Tshabalala-Msimang, addressing the ﬁnancial strain antiretroviral drugs place on the South African health budget, stated “The budget I have for medicines is R2 billion [approximately US$233 million at the time]. If I were to buy antiretrovirals, I would have to forget about everything else” (Associated Press 2001). If regimes are rational tools for exchanging information to further mutual interests, then can they explain why AIDS dissidents have advised members of the South African government?
AIDS, South Africa, and the Politics of Knowledge (Global Health) by Jeremy R, Professor Youde