AIDS and Governance

NanaK. Poku, Alan Whiteside and Bjorg Sandkjaer

AIDS and Governance

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The political impact of HIV/AIDS varies greatly and is difficult to map. States depend on how governments choose to manage the political implications of HIV and AIDS, both those stemming from the erosions of its own capacity as well as those that originate from their changing relationship on a national and international level.

Across the developing world, HIV/AIDS is slowly killing adults in their most productive years, hollowing out state structures, deepening poverty and raising profound questions that touch on the organisation of all aspects of social, economic and political life. With the epidemic showing scant signs of slowing down, this innovative volume assesses how HIV/AIDS affects governance and, conversely, how governance affects the course of the epidemic.

In particular, the volume:

  • employs a compelling analytical and polemic framework for mapping the  multiple dynamic mechanisms of governance and HIV/AIDS;
  • brings together contributions from renowned international scholars from a variety of disciplines;
  • draws on comprehensive and detailed perspectives of the roles of actors, institutions and structures;
  • provides an incisive study of a global plague which threatens existing social, economic and human interrelations.


“This book provides extensive evidence and a useful collection of analyses across health, development and social science paradigms on the way the AIDS epidemic is affecting various aspects of governance. It provides a stimulating contribution to debates on the political dimensions of and interplay between the global, national and local responses to AIDS.” Dr Rene Loewenson, Director, Training and Research Support Centre, Zimbabwe

About the Editors

Nana K. Poku, John Ferguson Chair of African Studies at the Department of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford, Bradford, UK; Alan Whiteside, Director of the Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa and Ms Bjorg Sandkjaer, Associate Demographer at the African Centre for Gender and Social Development, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Further Information

ISBN: 0 7546 4579 7
Publication Date: 06/2007
Number of Pages: 286 pages
Binding Options: Available in Hardback and Paperback
British Library Reference: 362.1’969792’00967
Library of Congress Reference: 2006039319
ISBN-13 978-0-7546-4579-5

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