A military approach is required: The political logic of disease control on a warming planet
Global warming already poses serious threats to human well being in the form of increased risk of disease. While existing scholarship provides important insights into the public health challenges of climate change (Patz 2005, McMichael 2006) one critical aspect has generally been omitted – the role of politicians and governments in mitigating health risks. My research examines the role of political institutions such as democratic elections in improving health outcomes. My coauthor and I use the example of Mexico to explore the effect of democracy on public health. Ongoing research uses the example of malaria eradication in the Americas to explore the importance of political institutions for addressing climate-sensitive diseases specifically.