Security and Public Health

Pandemics and Politics in the Contemporary World

Simon Rushton










In thinking about the politics of health security, I have benefitted hugely from the knowledge, insights, ideas and support of a number of friends and colleagues. I owe particular debts of gratitude for countless conversations and their inspiring work over many years to Emma-Louise Anderson, Garrett Wallace Brown, Sara Davies, Alexia Duten, Stefan Elbe, Christian Enemark, Adam Ferhani, Pieter Fourie, Sophie Harman, David Heymann, Steven Hoffman, Alison Howell, Yanzhong Huang, Adam Kamradt-Scott, Maria Kett, Sonja Kittelsen, Kelley Lee, Catherine Yuk-ping Lo, Chris Long, Colin McInnes, João Nunes, Colleen O’Manique, Gorik Ooms, Amy Patterson, Andrew Price-Smith, David Reubi, Stephen Roberts, Anne Roemer-Mahler, Adam Schiller, Jeremy Shiffman, Frank Smith III, Michael Stevenson, Preslava Stoeva, Nick Thomas, Rachel Thompson, Remco van de Pas, Clare Wenham, Owain Williams and Jeremy Youde. I am indebted to all of them – and to all of the others who I embarrassingly forgot to include in the list.

I have also been privileged to be part of some of the most interesting and most nurturing groups of scholars, including the Global Health groups of the International Studies Association, the British International Studies Association and the European International Studies Association, as well as the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House. Long may they prosper.

Thanks to the editorial team at Polity Press, especially Louise Knight, Sophie Wright and Nekane Tanaka Galdos, for their support and their patience.

Most of all, I would like to thank all of the students in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield who have taken my module Pandemics and Panics: Health, Security and Global Politics since it first ran in 2013. I have learned a lot from my conversations with them, and many of the hard questions and interesting cases that we've worked through together have found a home in these pages. This book is dedicated to them.