Trade policy and the politics of access to drugs

Thomas, Caroline (2002) Trade policy and the politics of access to drugs. Third World Quarterly, 23, (2), 251-264. (doi:10.1080/01436590220126621).


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This article explores the relationship between trade policy and access to drugs, using the ARV drugs as an example. It begins by noting the moral problem of inequality in access to drugs. It goes on to explore the political problem in terms of the discrepancy between what is legal/permissible under WTO rules, and what is permissible/desirable under the terms of US trade policy. Finally, it explores the problem of credibility for global health governance and the global market system in terms of access to drugs.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0143-6597 (print)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Politics and International Relations
ePrint ID: 35164
Date Deposited: 16 May 2006
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2015 02:31

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