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Edited volume by Amy S. Patterson on AIDS in Africa

Calvin College’s Amy Patterson edited this 2005 book The African State and the AIDS Crisis. Here is a link to Ashgate’s website which provides a PDF to the intro. Seems to be some tension in the intro between how much responsibility for weak policy responses to HIV are attributable to outside causes (an unfair intellectual property rights regime, past colonial malfeasance, crushing external debts) or internal causes (state weakness, insufficient political will). Of course, state weakness is no doubt linked to past history and continued policies by outsiders. That said, there have been some stark differences in national level responses to the disease (Uganda vs. South Africa’s response is an oft-cited contrast). Some of the papers in the volume apparently get at this issue.

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