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Indicators, security, and sovereignty during Covid-19 in the Global South

Harrington, John ORCID: 2021. Indicators, security, and sovereignty during Covid-19 in the Global South. International Journal of Law in Context 17 (SI2) , pp. 249-260. 10.1017/S1744552321000318

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The spread of COVID-19 has seen a contest over health governance and sovereignty in Global South states, with a focus on two radically distinct modes: 1) indicators and metrics and 2) securitization. Indicators have been a vehicle for the government of states through the external imposition and internal self-application of standards and benchmarks. Securitization refers to the calling-into-being of emergencies in the face of existential threats to the nation. This paper contextualizes both historically with reference to the trajectory of Global South states in the decades after decolonization, which saw the rise and decline of Third World solidarity and its replacement by neo-liberalism and global governance mechanisms in health, as in other sectors. The interaction between these modes and their relative prominence during COVID-19 is studied through a brief case study of developments in Kenya during the early months of the pandemic. The paper closes with suggestions for further research and a reflection on parallel trends within Global North states.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP)
ISSN: 1744-5523
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 18 February 2021
Date of Acceptance: 15 February 2021
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2023 04:15

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