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China Joins Global Health Governance: New Player, More Medicines, and New Rules?

Lee, Pak K., Chan, Lai-Ha (2014) China Joins Global Health Governance: New Player, More Medicines, and New Rules? Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations, 20 (2). pp. 297-323. ISSN 1075-2846.

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Abstract

In the wake of China’s rapid ascendancy, are there any new rules made by the country in global health governance? This paper examines China’s emerging role in the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, and finds that China adopts a pro-status quo stance on patented medicines. Aspiring to develop its own pharmaceutical sector to be capable to produce patented medicines on a par with the West, it has little appetite for using the prevailing rules or making new rules that are to the liking of the developing world. Undoubtedly, China is a new player in global health governance, but has yet to have agenda-setting intent and capacity. We argue that China’s behaviour and preferences can be explained by its dualistic national identities, the dominant position of realism in both the study of International Relations and policy circles and an underdevelopment of epistemic community in global health governance in the country.

Item Type: Article
Projects: [UNSPECIFIED] When China Meets Global Health Governance: New Player, New Rules?
Uncontrolled keywords: China, global health governance, TRIPS agreement, national identity, realism
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
J Political Science > JZ International relations
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Pak K Lee
Date Deposited: 09 May 2014 10:02 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 12:35 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/41058 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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