Avian influenza, 'viral Sovereignty', and the politics of health security in Indonesia

Hameiri, Shahar (2014) Avian influenza, 'viral Sovereignty', and the politics of health security in Indonesia. The Pacific Review, 27 3: 333-356. doi:10.1080/09512748.2014.909523

Author Hameiri, Shahar
Title Avian influenza, 'viral Sovereignty', and the politics of health security in Indonesia
Journal name The Pacific Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0951-2748
Publication date 2014-04-24
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09512748.2014.909523
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 27
Issue 3
Start page 333
End page 356
Total pages 24
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract In December 2006, Indonesian Health Minister, Siti Fadilah Supari, shocked the world when announcing her government would no longer be sharing samples of the H5N1 avian flu virus, collected from Indonesian patients, with the World Health Organization, at a time when global fears of a deadly influenza pandemic were running high. For observers of Southeast Asian politics, the decision reinforced the view of the region as made up of states determined to protect their national sovereignty, at almost all costs. This established view of the region, however, generally neglects the variable and selective manner in which sovereignty has been invoked by Southeast Asian governments, or parts thereof, and fails to identify the conditions shaping the deployment of sovereignty. In this paper, it is argued that Siti's action was designed to harness claims of sovereignty to a domestic political struggle. It was a response to the growing fragmentation and, in some cases, denationalisation of the governance apparatus dealing with public health in Indonesia, along with the 'securitisation' of H5N1 internationally. The examination of the virus-sharing dispute demonstrates that in Southeast Asia sovereignty is not so much the ends of government action, but the means utilised by government actors for advancing particular political goals.
Keyword Global health governance
H5N1 avian influenza
Non-traditional security
Sovereignty regimes
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Political Science and International Studies Publications
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