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Industry Associations and the Changing Politics of Making Medicines in South Africa

Papaioannou, Theo; Watkins, Andrew; Mugwagwa, Julius and Kale, Dinar (2015). Industry Associations and the Changing Politics of Making Medicines in South Africa. In: Mackintosh, Maureen; Banda, Geoffrey; Tibandebage, Paula and Wamae, Watu eds. Making Medicines in Africa: the Political Economy of Industrializing for Local Health. International Political Economy. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 261–277.

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The role of industry associations in shaping policy and regulatory environments through various lobbying activities is well established in the academic literature. In most cases, while such activities are deemed essential and effective from an industry perspective, they also carry negative connotations connected to narrow rent seeking and the pursuit of industrial elites’ interests which run counter to the public good and which often bypass democratic processes. This chapter argues, however, that in South Africa, particular historical trajectories and a lack of institutional capacities is gradually shifting biopharmaceutical industry associations away from ineffective lobbying activities to a new political approach that emphasises partnering with government and civil society organisations in the pursuit of not only narrow industry objectives, but also broader economic and development aims.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2015 The Authors
ISBN: 1-137-57133-0, 978-1-137-57133-5
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Unpacking the role of industry associations in diffusion and governance of health innovations in developing countries (XD-12-003-TP)RPG-2013-013The Leverhulme Trust
Keywords: industry associations; politics of development; pluralism; developing countries
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)
OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
International Development & Inclusive Innovation
Item ID: 44481
Depositing User: Theo Papaioannou
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2015 08:43
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 09:54
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