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Global health, COVID-19 and the state in East Africa

Harrington, John ORCID: and Ngira, David 2021. Global health, COVID-19 and the state in East Africa. Irish Studies in International Affairs 32 (1) , pp. 1-19. 10.3318/isia.2021.32.07

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What have been the implications of Covid-19 for states in Africa? Has the pandemic accelerated the shift from US-led health governance in a unipolar world to one where the rise of China is increasing the scope for action of global south states? Has it added to the influence of multilateral institutions, most notably the WHO and the African Union? Internally, have states capitalised on Covid-19 to undermine the constitutional orders put in place with the ‘refoundation’ of many African states in the period since the end of the Cold War? Can we draw larger conclusions regarding the capacity and effectiveness of African states internally and externally? These questions are addressed in the present article, focusing on developments in three East African countries: Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Publisher: Royal Irish Academy
ISSN: 0332-1460
Funders: AHRC (AH/V007963/1)
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 9 September 2021
Date of Acceptance: 7 September 2021
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2022 16:39

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