The Political Economy of Pharmaceutical Patents: US Sectional Interests and the African Group at the WTO, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Political Economy of Pharmaceutical Patents

US Sectional Interests and the African Group at the WTO, 1st Edition

By Sherry S. Marcellin


226 pages

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This book provides a fresh, multidisciplinary, and exciting look at the making and remaking of pharmaceutical patents at the GATT/WTO, by utilising a Coxian political economy of continuity and change in the global political economy (GPE). Marcellin focuses on the role of the transnational drug industry in the making of the patent provisions in the original TRIPS Agreement and consequently, the role of the African Group at the WTO in the remaking of those patent provisions.


'This authoritative study gives us new insights on 'who gets what' in international trade decision-making and the capacity of even the politically weakest parts of the Global South to generate resistance despite the power of the transnational drug industry. The deployment of Cox's historical structures framework provides a lens to examine the role social, cultural and economic forces play in constituting and reconstituting the prevailing order.' Wyn Grant, University of Warwick. UK 'The book provide a compelling and analytically sound explanation of the powers of the transnational pharmaceutical industry in the context of international trade relations… The book is an intellectually engaging exposé of the elaborate matrix of power behind negotiations within the WTO. It provides a strategic window on how the developing world can, and should, confront the might of the transnational drug industry.' New Agenda

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Explaining 'who gets what' in international trade decision-making; North/South controversies in the TRIPS negotiations: between hegemony and domination?; Consensus formation in the TRIPS negotiations: agendas, agents and turning points; Legitimacy and the TRIPS agreement: globalised law as 'consent without consent'; The post-TRIPS context and the intensification of a contested terrain: the rise of the African Group (AG) at the WTO?; Conclusion; List of interviewees; References; Index.

About the Author

Sherry S. Marcellin, London School of Economics, UK

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Global Health

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The benefits of globalization are potentially enormous, as a result of the increased sharing of ideas, cultures, life-saving technologies and efficient production processes. Yet globalization is under trial, partly because these benefits are not yet reaching hundreds of millions of the world's poor and partly because globalization has introduced new kinds of international problems and conflicts. Turmoil in one part of the world now spreads rapidly to others, through terrorism, armed conflict, environmental degradation or disease. This timely series provides a robust and multi-disciplinary assessment of the asymmetrical nature of globalization. Books in the series encompass a variety of areas, including global health and the politics of governance, poverty and insecurity, gender and health and the implications of global pandemics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Economic Conditions