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The health of economies and that of people are related. How this relationship is best governed, however, is contested. EU policymakers must make sense of this relationship when developing pandemic recovery strategies. One point of contention relates to whether economic growth is a necessary precondition for a healthier population.
The mainstream assumption is that economic growth is good and necessary for population health, provided it is ‘green’ and ‘inclusive’. But heterodox research highlights the fundamental unsustainability – and health-harming effects – of seeking continuous economic growth in a world of finite resources.
Amidst this landscape of contested knowledge, this article maps out the discourses relating health and growth in pandemic recovery-related documents in four EU institutions (Commission, Parliament, Council, and the European Central Bank) over three years (2020-2022). Using discourse network analysis (DNA), it presents a visualisation of the relationship between prevailing ideas on economic recovery and health.
This is a work-in-progress presentation.
About the speaker
Charlotte Godziewski is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in International Politics at City, University of London. Her research explores the politics of health, with a current empirical focus on the EU. Her doctoral thesis was awarded the 2021 Best PhD Thesis Prize by the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES). Charlotte is a coordinator of ‘EUHealthGov’, the UACES-funded research network on EU Health Governance, and an Associate Editor of Health Promotion International.
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