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Commercial influence and global nongovernmental public action in health and pharmaceutical policies

Koivusalo, Meri and Mackintosh, Maureen (2011). Commercial influence and global nongovernmental public action in health and pharmaceutical policies. International Journal of Health Services, 41(3) pp. 539–563.

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Nongovernmental public action has been effective in influencing global agenda-setting in health and pharmaceutical policies, yet its record in influencing solutions to the problems identified has been notably more limited. While trade policies have been particularly resistant to change, more substantial changes are observable in global health policies and global health governance. However, some of the directions of change may not be conducive to the democratic accountability of global health governance, to the wise use of public resources, to health systems development, or to longer-term access to health care within developing countries. The authors argue that observed changes in global health policies can be understood as accommodating to corporate concerns and priorities. Furthermore, the changing global context and the commercialization of global public action itself pose sharp challenges to the exercise of influence by global nongovernmental public actors. Nongovernmental organizations not only face a major challenge in terms of the imbalance in power and resources between themselves and corporate interest groups when seeking to influence policymaking; they also face the problem of corporate influence on public action itself.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: Not known
ISSN: 1541-4469
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
Keywords: NGOs; pharmaceutical policy; essential medicines; commercial influence; public policy
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 30104
Depositing User: Maureen Mackintosh
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2011 16:02
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 11:12
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