The Political Economy of Health Co-Benefits: Embedding Health in the Climate Change Agenda
AbstractA complex, whole-of-economy issue such as climate change demands an interdisciplinary, multi-sectoral response. However, evidence suggests that human health has remained elusive in its influence on the development of ambitious climate change mitigation policies for many national governments, despite a recognition that the combustion of fossil fuels results in pervasive short- and long-term health consequences. We use insights from literature on the political economy of health and climate change, the science–policy interface and power in policy-making, to identify additional barriers to the meaningful incorporation of health co-benefits into climate change mitigation policy development. Specifically, we identify four key interrelated areas where barriers may exist in relation to health co-benefits: discourse, efficiency, vested interests and structural challenges. With these insights in mind, we argue that the current politico-economic paradigm in which climate change is situated and the processes used to develop climate change mitigation policies do not adequately support accounting for health co-benefits. We present approaches for enhancing the role of health co-benefits in the development of climate change mitigation policies to ensure that health is embedded in the broader climate change agenda. View Full-Text
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Workman, A.; Blashki, G.; Bowen, K.J.; Karoly, D.J.; Wiseman, J. The Political Economy of Health Co-Benefits: Embedding Health in the Climate Change Agenda. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 674.
Workman A, Blashki G, Bowen KJ, Karoly DJ, Wiseman J. The Political Economy of Health Co-Benefits: Embedding Health in the Climate Change Agenda. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2018; 15(4):674.Chicago/Turabian Style
Workman, Annabelle; Blashki, Grant; Bowen, Kathryn J.; Karoly, David J.; Wiseman, John. 2018. "The Political Economy of Health Co-Benefits: Embedding Health in the Climate Change Agenda." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 15, no. 4: 674.
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