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Why Love Matters

Values in Governance

Edited By Scherto Gill and David Cadman

As our current systems of decision-making are increasingly unable to meet the global challenges of climate change, resource depletion, poverty, healthcare, economic instability and global violence, the contributors in this book make a radical proposal for an innovative form of governance that is based on core human values such as love, compassion, care, justice and dignity. Arising from a concern that the «old paradigm» of alienation, consumerism, selfishness and exploitation is damaging for humankind and the family of Earth, the book postulates that a new way of being must be in place so that intrinsic values of caring for others should underpin the intent of our decisions at personal, regional, national, international and global levels. With illustrative references and examples in fields of politics, economy, health and peace, the content of this book argues forcefully that Love, with a capital L, matters in governance, where values can serve as the basis to transform human consciousness about international institutions, community relationships and individual actions. Why Love Matters provides an important introductory text to students of global governance, management studies, political economics, international relations and peace studies, and equally offers illuminating and instructive ideas to leaders, managers and practitioners who are interested in what values-based governance means and looks like and how to go about it in practice.
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8. Globalisation of Compassion: The Example of Global Health


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8.  Globalisation of Compassion: The Example of Global Health


Concern for effective action is a way of expressing love for the other.

—Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez


Global health emerged from the fields of public health and international health during the 1990s, catalyzed by novel infectious disease threats, such as HIV/AIDS; the globalisation of the economy; the environmental movement; and an infusion of funding for public-private global health partnerships (Brown, Cueto & Fee, 2006). Global health seeks to address, transform, and prevent suffering in some of the most marginalized and neglected populations on earth. It does this through extensive multilateral coordination, multidisciplinary collaboration, and an embrace of both prevention and clinical care (Koplan et al., 2009).

The astonishing growth of global health during the past decade reflects an accelerating pace of globalization, not only in culture, trade, and communication, but within health itself. Highly publicized health threats of recent years—the Ebola virus being a particularly poignant example—underscore the fact that health and disease are global issues, beyond the control or purview of any one nation. Global health is therefore inseparable from the other forces of globalization.

Given its global scope and mandate, what exactly is global health? Consensus on this point, even among its practitioners, is elusive (Beaglehole & Bonita, 2010). As Koplan and colleagues (2009) have observed, global health can be thought of as a...

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