By Jeremy R, Professor Youde
Via an in-depth exam of the interactions among the South African govt and the foreign AIDS regulate regime, Youde examines not just the emergence of an epistemic group but additionally the improvement of a counter-epistemic neighborhood supplying essentially various understandings of AIDS and greatly diverse coverage prescriptions. moreover, contributors became influential within the crafting of the South African government's AIDS rules, regardless of common condemnation from the overseas medical neighborhood. This learn highlights the relevance and value of Africa to overseas affairs. The activities of African states calls into query a lot of our uncomplicated assumptions and demanding situations us to refine our analytical framework. perfect to students drawn to African stories, overseas companies, international governance and infectious illnesses.
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Essentially, a wider spectrum of citizens must become more cognitive and analytical, if democracy is to mature and realize its potential … the questions being posed and tackled by scientists cannot in a democratic dispensation, be left to the scientists themselves” (Ventura 2001, 81).
The South African government has demonstrated its interest in stopping the spread of AIDS. Therefore, interest-based theories would conclude that the South African government does not need the resources, support, and knowledge of the regime to realize its interests. This claim fails to comport with reality. The South African government has demonstrated its fundamental inability to adequately respond to the challenges posed by HIV/AIDS with only its resources. Tshabalala-Msimang herself pointed out that the government’s available budget for drugs was inadequate to cover the costs of providing antiretroviral drugs to AIDS patients.
Knowledge in and of itself has little independent power; it will not reorder the international system, and a state cannot use this knowledge to overthrow the dominant state. By controlling the spread of knowledge, though, the dominant state can dictate who gets what information and under what circumstances. They force compliance and provide information solely to cement their own strong position and deter any challengers. If the regime is so unequal, why would other states participate? , if you want to trade with us, you must participate in the regime).
AIDS, South Africa, and the Politics of Knowledge (Global Health) by Jeremy R, Professor Youde