publication . Article . 2011

The Life-Cycle of Transnational Issues: Lessons from the Access to Medicines Controversy

Jean-Frédéric Morin;
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  • Published: 01 Apr 2011 Journal: Global Society, volume 25, pages 227-247 (issn: 1360-0826, eissn: 1469-798X, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Informa UK Limited
  • Country: Belgium
Abstract
Why and how do issues expire? This paper applies the concept of path dependency to issue-life cycle and argues that the manner in which an issue dies is closely associated with how it comes to life. This paper argues that, on the access to medicines issue, the first actors (1) to have called attention to a legal problem, (2) to have capitalised on the HIV/AIDs crisis, and (3) to have used the example of Africa, were also the first to have felt constrained by their own frame in their attempt to (1) look for economical rather than legal solutions, (2) expand the list of medicines covered beyond anti-AIDs drugs, and (3) allow large emerging economies to benefit fro...
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free text keywords: Geography, Planning and Development, Global and Planetary Change, Politique internationale, Emerging markets, Political science, Cognitive reframing, Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), medicine.disease_cause, medicine, Law and economics, Path dependency, Order (exchange), Access to medicines, Law, TRIPS architecture
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