Governance, Rights and Pandemics: Science, Public Health or Individual Rights?
ETHICS AND SECURITY ASPECTS OF INFECTIOUS DISEASE CONTROL: INTERDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES, Christian Enemark and Michael Selgelid, eds., Ashgate: United Kingdom, 2012
25 Pages Posted: 17 Jun 2013
Date Written: June 17, 2013
This chapter explores the governance challenges posed in managing pandemic flu outbreaks. It accepts that governance is an inexact science, especially when the contingency to be managed is as unpredictable in timing and scale, and recognises that management of such issues is potentially politically fraught. Because scientific rationality and population-based epidemiological models of public health touch on raw emotions of concerns about individual rights, fear of the unknown, and difficult ethical choices about priorities, framing a balanced response poses challenges. This chapter discusses some of those challenges, focusing on experience in Australia.
Keywords: pandemic management, risk and prediction, uncertainty and complexity, science and public acceptance, individual rights
JEL Classification: K10, K30
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