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    f the dea..., 2005-08-09 13:41:18 | Main | Taking themselves serioulsy? ..., 2005-08-10 12:26:15

    it must be good if...:

    the limited intrusions of activist efforts on the regulatory monopolies of powerful US/EU interests drives daniel drezner crazy:

    Sell's book is about the role that software, pharmaceutical, and entertainment firms played in having the United States lobby for the creation of the Trade-Related Intellectual Property system (TRIPS) within the World Trade Organization -- and then the counter-lobbying by developing countries and transnational activist networks that led to the November 2001 Doha Declaration, which explicitly carved out an exception to TRIPS "to protect public health and, in particular, to promote access to medicines for all."

    It's the second part of the story that drives me crazy -- because if Sell's narrative is correct, it falsifies the argument I make in my own book on globalization and global governance. When the regulatory status quo is embraced by the two largest trading powers (the US and EU) and by powerful economic sectors embedded in those economies, there is no way that weaker countries and NGOs should be able to budge the status quo. And yet, if Sell's account is correct, that's exactly what happened.

:: posted by buermann @ 2005-08-09 14:24:02 CST | link

      It's hilarious that only one of the comments attempts to address what Drezner said. Even then, it's an admonition to milk the situation for productivity. The rest of them chase the bright shiny pretty things he included.

    posted by Harry @ 2005-08-10 00:42:16 | link

      And I'm a fan of Firefly. Shiny and buffy.

    posted by buermann @ 2005-08-10 03:30:48 | link

    go ahead, express that vague notion

    your turing test:

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