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The creation of neo-liberal corporate bias in transnational medicines control: the industrial shaping and interest dynamics of the European regulatory state.

Lewis, G. and Abraham, J. (2003) The creation of neo-liberal corporate bias in transnational medicines control: the industrial shaping and interest dynamics of the European regulatory state. European Journal of Political Research, 39 (1). pp. 53-80. ISSN 0304-4130

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Abstract

Abstract. Drawing on the political theories of corporatism, neo–liberalism and pluralism, and on comparative empirical research in Brussels, Germany, Sweden and the UK, this article conceptualises the nature of Europeanised medicines regulation. It argues that a marketisation of regulation has been established in the European Union as a result of competition between national regulatory agencies for 'regulatory business' from the pharmaceutical industry. In the pharmaceuticals sector the Europeanised regulatory state is a product of three key factors: (a) the European Commission's commitment to an 'efficiency' regime which would meet the political objectives of a single European market and the commercial agendas of transnational pharmaceutical companies, (b) the endemic corporate bias associated with medicines regulation in the most influential member states, and (c) the considerable success of neo–liberal politics across a number of major member states, including Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Sociology (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 25 May 2009 13:48
Last Modified: 25 May 2009 13:48
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1475-6765.00569
Status: Published
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Identification Number: 10.1111/1475-6765.00569
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6185

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