Governing Public Health

EU Law, Regulation and Biopolitics

By Mark L Flear

This book contributes towards European Union studies and the growing discourse on law and public health. It uses the EU's governance of public health as a lens through which to explore questions of legal competence and its development through policy and concrete techniques, processes and practices, risk and security, human rights and bioethics, accountability and legitimacy, democracy and citizenship, and the nature, essence, and 'future trajectory' of the European integration project. These issues are explored first by situating the EU's public health strategy within the overarching architecture of governance and, subsequently, by examining its operationalization in relation to the key public health problems of cancer, HIV/AIDS, and pandemic planning. The book argues that the centrality and valorization of scientific and technical knowledge and expertise in the EU's risk-based governance means that citizen participation in decision making is largely marginalized and underdeveloped, and that this must change if public health and the quality, accountability, and legitimacy of EU governance and its regulation are to be improved. The book goes on to argue that the legitimating discourses of ethics and human rights, and the developing notion of EU (supra-)stewardship responsibility, can help to highlight the normative dimensions of governance and its interventions in public health. These discourses and dimensions provide openings and possibilities for citizens to power 'technologies of participation' and contribute important supplementary knowledge to decision making. (Series: Modern Studies in European Law) [Subject: European Law, Medical Law, Ethics]

Publication Date: 9/10/2015
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9781849462204