© 2012

Negotiating Public Health in a Globalized World

Global Health Diplomacy in Action


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Public Health book series (BRIEFSPUBLIC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. David Fairman, Diana Chigas, Elizabeth McClintock, Nick Drager
    Pages 1-9
  3. A Framework for Enhancing Leverage in Negotiations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. David Fairman, Diana Chigas, Elizabeth McClintock, Nick Drager
      Pages 13-28
    3. David Fairman, Diana Chigas, Elizabeth McClintock, Nick Drager
      Pages 29-61
    4. David Fairman, Diana Chigas, Elizabeth McClintock, Nick Drager
      Pages 63-79
    5. David Fairman, Diana Chigas, Elizabeth McClintock, Nick Drager
      Pages 81-93
    6. David Fairman, Diana Chigas, Elizabeth McClintock, Nick Drager
      Pages 95-100
  4. Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. David Fairman, Diana Chigas, Elizabeth McClintock, Nick Drager
      Pages 103-128
    3. David Fairman, Diana Chigas, Elizabeth McClintock, Nick Drager
      Pages 129-146
    4. David Fairman, Diana Chigas, Elizabeth McClintock, Nick Drager
      Pages 147-159
  5. David Fairman, Diana Chigas, Elizabeth McClintock, Nick Drager
    Pages 161-165
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 167-186

About this book


In a new era of global health diplomacy, the most important tool for decision-making is negotiation. Globalization is binding countries, issues and people together as never before. In the domain of public health, traditional international concerns like the spread of infectious diseases have been joined by new concerns and challenges in managing the health impacts of trade and intellectual property rights, and by new opportunities to create effective global public health agreements and programs. To address the major health crises of today and to prevent or mitigate them in the future, countries must seek collective agreement and action within and across their borders. However, the world of international negotiation is not the world in which health decision-makers reside or are most comfortable.

The goal of this guide is to provide health policy-makers with practical information and negotiation tools, to help them create better international health agreements and programs.

 "This is the best book I know to help health professionals develop the negotiation skills necessary to meet the  challenges of global health diplomacy. It is filled with wise advice and invaluable tools for success." Professor Jeswald W. Salacuse,  The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University


Diplomacy Global Guide Health Negotiation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Consensus Building InstituteCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.CDA-Collaborative Learning ProjectsCambridgeUSA
  3. 3.CM Partners LLCCambridgeUSA
  4. 4.VersoixSwitzerland

About the authors

David Fairman is Managing Director at the Consensus Building Institute, Associate Director of the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program, and Lecturer in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. David is Senior Mediator on the rosters of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution. He is also a founding board member of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, founding Director of CBI’s Workable Peace program, member of the Advisory Board for the Massachusetts Office of Dispute Resolution, and life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from MIT and a B.A. from Harvard College.


Diana Chigas joined CDA in 2003 as Co-Director of the Reflecting on Peace Practice Project (RPP). She is also Professor of the practice of negotiation and conflict resolution at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where she teaches courses on negotiation and development and conflict resolution. Prior to joining CDA, Diana worked at the non-governmental organization Conflict Management Group.  She has a JD from Harvard Law School, an MALD from the Fletcher School, Tufts University, and a B.A. from Yale University.


Elizabeth McClintock is a Founder and Managing Partner of CMPartners and is Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Bridgeway Group. Elizabeth is currently a PhD candidate at the Fletcher School at Tufts University. She holds an MALD from the Fletcher School and an AB from Dartmouth College.


Nick Drager is former Director of the Department of Ethics, Equity, Trade and Human Rights and Senior Adviser in the Strategy Unit, Office of the Director-General at the World Health Organization is Honorary Professor, Global Health Policy, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; Professor of Public Policy and Global Health Diplomacy, McGill University; Adjunct Research Professor, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Ottawa: Visiting Professor The Graduate Institute and Senior Fellow, Global Health Programme, The Graduate Institute, Geneva.


His work focuses on current and emerging public health issues related to globalization and health, especially global health diplomacy/governance, foreign policy and international trade and health. The policy related, research and training activities of his work programme are designed to contribute to enabling policy makers and public health practitioners to analyse and act on the broader determinants of health development, to better manage and shape the global and national policy environment for health and to place public health interests higher on the global development agenda to improve health outcomes.

He has extensive experience working with senior officials in developing countries worldwide and major multilateral and bilateral development agencies in health policy development, health sector analysis, strategic planning and resource mobilization and allocation decisions and in providing advice on health development negotiations and in conflict resolution.


He has deep experience in global health diplomacy and high-level negotiations on international health development issues. He has represented WHO at international events and conferences, serves as chair, keynote speaker at numerous international conferences; he lectures at Universities in Europe, North America and Asia; and is the author of numerous papers, editorials, and books in the area of global health, global health diplomacy; and trade, foreign policy and health He has an M.D. from McGill University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Hautes Etudes Internationales, (the Graduate Institute) University of Geneva.


Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Negotiating Public Health in a Globalized World
  • Book Subtitle Global Health Diplomacy in Action
  • Authors David Fairman
    Diana Chigas
    Elizabeth McClintock
    Nick Drager
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Public Health
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs Public Health
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-007-2779-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-007-2780-9
  • Series ISSN 2192-3698
  • Series E-ISSN 2192-3701
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 186
  • Number of Illustrations 11 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
    Environmental Health
    Practice and Hospital Management
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From the reviews:

“The book provides practical information, skills and tools about the negotiation process in a multiple stakeholder and multi-sectorial arena. … is well structured with themes flowing from chapter to chapter. … the book is easy to read and holds the reader’s interest throughout each chapter. Although the book is written for policy-makers and public health practitioners, the issues discussed and strategies described would be a useful reference to anyone involved in multiple stakeholder engagement.” (Stephanie Steels, Global Public Health, August, 2013)