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Orphaned by democracy: small industry in contemporary Mexico

Shadlen, Kenneth C. (2002) Orphaned by democracy: small industry in contemporary Mexico. Comparative Politics, 35 (1). pp. 43-62. ISSN 0010-4159

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After introducing pharmaceutical patents in the 1990s, Brazil subsequently adjusted the patent system to ameliorate its effects on drug prices, while Mexico introduced measures that reinforce and intensify these effects. The different trajectories are due to the nature of the actors pushing for reform and the patterns of coalitional formation and political mobilization. In Brazil government demand for expensive, patented drugs made health-oriented patent reform a priority. The existence of an autonomous local pharmaceutical sector allowed the Ministry of Health to build a supportive coalition. In Mexico government demand made reforms less urgent, and transformations of the pharmaceutical sector allowed patent-holding firms to commandeer a reform project. The existence of indigenous pharmaceutical capacities can broaden the political coalitions underpinning health reforms.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2002 The City University of New York
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: J Political Science > JL Political institutions (America except United States)
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2008 13:11
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2021 01:43

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