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Jeremy Youde, ‘The Clinton Foundation and Global Health Governance’, in Simon Rushton and Owain David Williams, eds, Partnerships and Foundations in Global Health Governance, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, pp. 164-83.
Former heads of government occupy a unique niche in the international political arena. They may lack the official trappings of power and ability to implement policy directly, but their gravitas and connections often allow them to continue to play a role in international political issues after their terms of office end. Former US President Bill Clinton has taken a different approach to his post-presidential life. He has become a major force in setting the international health agenda and in altering the traditional patterns of global health governance through his William J. Clinton Foundation, most notably in negotiating agreements between governments and pharmaceutical companies on drug pricing. This chapter examines the role of the Clinton Foundation in global health governance, assessing its achievements and examining the criticisms raised over its operations and influence.