Volume X, No. 3, December 2016
Over the past two decades, the study of the politics of global health has become an increasingly popular and important scholarly topic. A host of social scientists, public health researchers, medical scientists and historians have taken an interest in exploring the international and domestic political aspects of healthcare reform, ranging from government and civil societal responses to disease, to issues of health insurance coverage, health systems strengthening, and inequality in social services provision. It is important to note that political science theory does not provide the answer to all of our challenges in understanding global health politics and policy. Our message in this special series is that, as an academic discipline, political science is a useful tool that can supplement and deepen our understanding of these issues.