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The role of industry associations in health innovation and politics of development: the cases of South Africa and India

Papaioannou, Theo; Kale, Dinar; Mugwagwa, Julius and Watkins, Andrew (2014). The role of industry associations in health innovation and politics of development: the cases of South Africa and India. In: 15th International Conference of the International Joseph A. Schumpeter Society (ISS), 27-30 Jul 2014, Jena, Germany.

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Abstract

The rapid growth of health innovation in developing countries and the increased importance of biopharmaceutical industry associations in influencing innovative performance require new thinking about the business and politics institutions which diffuse and govern knowledge in emerging contexts of economic and political pluralism. This paper examines the extent to which biopharmaceutical industry associations and their umbrella organisations promote the development of technological capabilities and effective governance of health innovation. It is based on data gathered through an empirical study of such associations in India and South Africa. These data suggest that biopharmaceutical industry associations and umbrella organisations constitute public actors which play key roles in the politics of health innovation and development of both countries. Despite differences, biopharmaceutical industry associations and umbrella organisations in India and South Africa not only diffuse knowledge to health innovation systems but also actively engage in an uneven relationship with government influencing innovation policy and regulations.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 The Authors
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Unpacking the Role of Industry Associations in Diffusion and Govemance of Health Innovations in Developing CountriesNot SetThe Leverhulme Trust
Keywords: industry associations; health innovation; politics of development; biopharmaceuticals; India and South Africa
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Development
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
International Development & Inclusive Innovation
Institute for Innovation Generation in the Life Sciences (Innogen)
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Item ID: 40721
Depositing User: Theo Papaioannou
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2014 09:27
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2019 19:07
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/40721
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