Royal Society of Arts

A healthy constitution

In an article for the Royal Society of Arts, Jennifer Prah Ruger, PhD, Amartya Sen Professor of Health Equity, Economics, and Policy at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice, argues that global health needs a moral conception that is affirmed on moral grounds, rather than on the basis of self-interest or national interest alone. She writes: “Our global health system is deficient because it is grounded in conventional international-relations theories of realism, neo-realism and liberalism. These paradigms privilege nations as actors seeking to independently maximise national interest by managing distrust, conflict and disorder in international relations.”