Shop Content Created By Professionals For Professionals

Free Delivery On Orders Above $20 In Singapore


Security and Public Health

Hardback By Simon Rushton
Regular price
Sale price
Regular price
Sold out
Unit price

- FREE Delivery on orders above $20 within Singapore.
- International Shipping & Tax calculated at checkout.

Product Description

For most Western governments, defending against the threat of infectious disease is now an accepted security priority. Deciding what resources and policies to put in place to protect populations from pandemics, however, involves difficult political choices. How can we get these decisions right? And what are we prepared to sacrifice to achieve better health security?

In this book, Simon Rushton explores the politics of pandemics in the contemporary world. Looking back over three decades of public health, he traces national and international efforts to tackle infectious disease, focusing in-depth on three core areas in which securitization has been particularly successful: rapidly spreading pandemic diseases, HIV/AIDS and man-made pathogenic threats, such as biological weapons. Three central problems raised by common responses to disease as a security threat are then examined: the impact upon individuals and civil liberties; the tendency to treat the symptoms and not the underlying causes of disease outbreaks; and the limited range of diseases deemed worthy of global attention and action. Arguing against a tendency to treat global health security as a technical challenge, the book stresses the need for a vibrant, and even confrontational, political engagement around the implications of securitizing public health.

Product Details

Format: Hardback, 240 pages Language: English
Dimension: 21.84cm x 14.22cm x 2.29cm ISBN10: 1509515887
Weight: 408g ISBN13: 9781509515882
Publication Date: 26 Apr 2019 Publisher: Polity Press

About Author

Simon Rushton is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Sheffield.

Product Reviews


‘A highly original and nuanced analysis that judiciously navigates the major debates and controversies around global health security with a distinct ethos of dignity, solidarity and humanity.

’Stefan Elbe, Professor of International Relations at the University of Sussex, and author of Pandemics, Pills and Politics: Governing Global Health Security‘Simon Rushton’s deep engagement with the politics of public health gets to the very core of what it means to ensure health and human security for all.

’Mely Caballero-Anthony, Professor of International Relations, RSIS, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore‘Security and Public Health is a book which will amply repay your time in reading it, and its perceptions and recommendations are likely to remain of great value and relevance for the foreseeable future.

’Medicine, Conflict and Survival


Domestic Delivery (Singapore)
- Your order will be delivered to you within 1-3 business days.
- We are delighted to be able to offer FREE delivery on all orders above $20 in Singapore.

International Delivery
- Your order will be delivered to you within 7-30 business days.
- Any applicable import duties, taxes (including VAT) and shipping charges will depend on your destination country. All chargers will be displayed at checkout.

All prices shown on the Content Binded website are in Singaporean dollars. The prices shown are inclusive of GST.

The best way to contact us is by filling in the online contact form within the Contact Us section. The form is designed to help you specify the query that you have and then direct it to a member of our customer support team that is best suited to deal with it.

We work hard to deal with your queries within 24 hours.We also welcome to receiving any suggestions or feedback as to how we can improve. All emails are read by a member of a customer support team. Please send your emails to

We currently ship to countries and regions seen below.

- Singapore
- Brunei Darussalam
- Hong Kong
- Indonesia
- Japan
- Korea (South)
- Macau
- Malaysia
- Philippines
- Taiwan
- Thailand
- Vietnam