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Monday, May 18, 2015

Transnational corporations

Frances Elaine Baum and Julia Margaret Anaf
International Journal of Health Services 2015, Vol. 45(2) 353–362

Transnational corporations (TNCs) are part of an economic system of global
capitalism that operates under a neoliberal regime underpinned by strong 
support from international organisations such as the World Trade Organization, 
World Bank, and most nation states. Although TNCs have grown in power 
and influence and have had a significant impact on population health over the 
past three decades, public health has not developed an integrated research 
agenda to study them. This article outlines the shape of such an agenda and 
argues that it is vital that research into the public health impact of TNCs be 
pursued and funded as a matter of priority. The four areas of the agenda are: 
assessing the health and equity impacts of TNCs; evaluating the effectiveness
of government regulation to mitigate health and equity impacts of TNCs; 
studying the work of activist groups and networks that highlight adverse
impacts of TNCs; and considering how regulation of capitalism could
better promote a healthier and more equitable corporate sector.

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