Political Theory

Liberty and Responsibility in Public Health Policy: Balancing Individual and Social Interests


Individuals historically have been willing to concede significant freedom to achieve some level of protection from infectious, debilitating diseases that can devastate communities. This conference explored the public health trade-off by examining campaigns that advanced public health the furthest, as well as some of history's greatest policy failures, in order to consider what the appropriate role of public health is in the free society.


Conference Readings

Barry, John M. The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History. New York: Penguin, 2004.

Colgrove, James. Epidemic City: The Politics of Public Health in New York. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2011.

Johnson, Steven. The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic—and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World. New York: Riverhead Books, 2006.

Jones, James H. Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment. New York: The Free Press, 1993.

Willrich, Michael. Pox: An American History. New York: Penguin, 2011.