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Coalitions and Compliance: The Political Economy of Pharmaceutical Patents in Latin America

Kenneth C. Shadlen


This book shows how international changes can reconfigure domestic politics. Since the late 1980s, developing countries have come under considerable pressure to revise their intellectual property policies and practices. One area where pressures have been exceptionally controversial is in pharmaceuticals: historically, developing countries did not grant patents to drugs. Now they must do so. This book analyses different forms of compliance with this new imperative in Latin America, comparing the political economy of pharmaceutical patents in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico. The book focuses on tw ... More

Keywords: TRIPS, patents, pharmaceuticals, coalitions, social structure, compliance with international agreements, industrial change, external pressures, USTR, path dependence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199593903
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199593903.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenneth C. Shadlen, author
Professor of Development Studies