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Framing the national interest: debating intellectual property and access to essential medicines in Kenya

Harrington, John and O'Hare, Alasdair 2014. Framing the national interest: debating intellectual property and access to essential medicines in Kenya. The Journal of World Intellectual Property 17 (1-2) , pp. 16-33. 10.1002/jwip.12020

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Abstract

This paper draws on theories of nodal governance and discursive framing to investigate the rhetorical strategies adopted by campaigners in the ongoing contest over access to medicines and the protection of intellectual property rights in Kenya. It focuses specifically on debates surrounding the implementation of the WTO's TRIPs Agreement in 2001 and the passage of anti-counterfeit legislation in 2008. A survey of parliamentary debates and media sources, as well as interviews conducted with key participants, indicates that “the nation” provided a common overarching frame for arguments made by opposing sides to these debates. The salience of specifically national considerations confirms our view that studies of framing and health governance need to extend their focus beyond developments in international and developed country fora. It also highlights the continued purchase of the national interest as a means of mobilizing the key state institutions needed to implement global legal regimes in Africa.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Cardiff Centre for Ethics, Law and Society (CCELS)
Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
ISSN: 1422-2213
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2019 15:45
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/78620

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