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Dr Ken Shadlen


shadlen-k-113x148Reader in Development Studies


PhD in Political Science (University of California, Berkeley). Joined the Department in 2002, having taught previously at the University of Miami, Brown University, and the University of Connecticut.

Dr Shadlen specializes in comparative and international political economy.

His current research addresses the politics of intellectual property (IP), and the politics of North-South economic integration. He also works on the political economy of bilateral and regional trade agreements and the World Trade Organisation. He is particularly interested in the role of IP and knowledge in development, both historically and in the contemporary global economy. His work analyzes the implications of the new global regime for IP on both industrialization and technological transformation and also public health, and the various ways that the new global norms and rules for IP are transmitted to the national level and affect national practices. The working title of his new book is Knowledge Gaps, Knowledge Traps?: The New Politics of Patents in Development.

Dr Shadlen is a Managing Editor of the Journal of Development Studies.

Research interests and areas of supervision

1. International Political Economy of Development
2. The Politics of Intellectual Property
3. Regional-Bilateral Trade and Investment Agreements
4. Development Strategies in Global Economy
5. World Trade Organization (WTO) and International Monetary Fund (IMF)
6. Latin America
7. Health Policy and Pharmaceuticals

Selected recent publications


Journal articles

  • 'The Mexican Exception: Patents and Innovation Policy in a Non-Conformist and Reluctant Middle Income Country,' European Journal of Development Research 24, No. 2 (May 2012)
  • 'The Political Contradictions of Incremental Innovation: Lessons from Pharmaceutical Patent Examination in Brazil,' Politics & Society 39, No. 2 (June 2011), pp. 143-174
  • The Puzzling Politics of Patents and Innocation Policy in Mexico,' Law and Business Review of the Americas 16,  No. 4  (Fall 2010), pp. 823-838
  • 'The Politics of Patents and Drugs in Brazil and Mexico: The Industrial Bases of Health Policies,' Comparative Politics 42, No. 1 (October 2009)
  • 'Globalization, Power, and Integration: The Political Economy of Regional and Bilateral Trade Agreements in the Americas,' Journal of Development Studies 44 (January 2008) pp. 1-20.
  • 'The Political Economy of AIDS Treatment: Intellectual Property and the Transformation of Generic Supply', International Studies Quarterly 51 (September 2007), pp. 559-581.
  • 'Intellectual Property, Trade, and Development: Can Foes be Friends?' Global Governance 13 (April-June 2007), pp. 171-177.
  • 'Policy Space for Intellectual Property Management: Contrasting Multilateral and Regional-Bilateral Arrangements,' Special Issue of Intellectual Property Rights (E-Journal: Inderscience Publishers)
  • 'Latin American Trade and Development in the New International Economy' (Review Essay), Latin American Research Review 41 (October 2006), pp. 210-221.
  • 'Exchanging Development for Market Access? Deep Integration and Industrial Policy under Multilateral and Regional-Bilateral Trade Agreements', Review of International Political Economy, 12:5 (December 2005), pp. 750-775
  •  'The Political Economy of Intellectual Property Protection: The Case of Software' (co-authored with Andrew Schrank and Marcus Kurtz), International Studies Quarterly 49 (March 2005), pp. 45-71
  • 'Patents and Pills, Power and Procedure: The North-South Politics of Public Health in the WTO', Studies in Comparative International Development 39 (Fall 2004), pp. 76-108
  • 'Challenges to Treatment: The Price-Infrastructure Trap and Access to Medicines', Journal of International Development 16 (December 2004), pp. 1169-1180
  • 'Orphaned by Democracy: Small Industry in Contemporary Mexico,' Comparative Politics, 35 (October 2002), pp. 43-62. 

 Book chapters and newsletters

  • 'Las Elites, la propiedad intellectual, y la política de innovación en México: ¿Hay realmente un proyecto?' in Alejandra Salas-Porras y Matilde Luna L., ed., ¿Quién Gobierna América del Norte? Elites, redes y organizaciones. Editorial SITESA-UNAM (2012, forthcoming).  
  • 'The Politics of Pharmaceutical Patent Examination in Brazil,” in Leonardo Burlamaqui, Ana Celia Castro, and Rainer Kattel, ed., Knowledge Governance: Reasserting the Public Interest. Anthem Press (2012, forthcoming).
  • Is AIDS Treatment Sustainable?” in Obijiofor Aginam, John Harrington and Peter K. Yu, ed., Global Governance of HIV/AIDS: Intellectual Property and Access to Essential Medicines. Edward Elgar (2012, forthcoming).
  • 'Harmonization, Differentiation, and Development: The Case of Intellectual Property in the Global Trading Regime,' in Silvia Sacchetti, Roger Sugden, eds., Knowledge in the Development of Economies: Institutional Choices under Globalisation. Edward Elgar, 2009 (forthcoming).
  • 'Resources, Rules and International Political Economy: The Politics of Development in the WTO,' in Sarah Joseph and Jeffrey Waincymer, eds., World Trade Organization: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Edward Elgar, 2009 (forthcoming).
  • 'Introduction: Globalization, Integration and the Political Economy of Development in the Americas' (with Diego Sánchez-Ancochea), in Diego Sánchez-Ancochea and Kenneth Shadlen, eds., Globalization and the Political Economy of Hemispheric Integration in the Americas. Palgrave, 2008.
  • ''Estrategias Regionales Frente a Estrategias Multilaterales de Integración Económica: El TLCAN en el Contexto de la OMC,' in Ana Covarrubias, ed., México en un Mundo Unipolar y Diverso. Mexico: El Colegio de Mexico (2007), pp. 93-127.
  • Treating AIDS: Intellectual Property, Generic Production, and the Challenge of Stable Supply,' in Manmohan Agarwal and Amit Shovon Ray. eds., Globalization and the Millennium Development Goals: Negotiating the Challenge. Berghahn Books 2007
  • 'Debt, Finance, and the IMF: Three Decades of Debt Crises in Latin America', in South America, Central America and The Caribbean 2006 (Taylor and Francis, 2006), pp 6-10 [updated version of chapters included in the 12th (2004) and 13th (2005) Editions].
  • 'Compulsory Licenses: A Response to Disney and Pugatch', Letter to Editor, Know-IP, Issue 10, December 2005, pp 11-13.
  • 'IP, Generics, and ARV Treatment', Know-IP, Issue 3, April 2005, pp 4-7.
  • Patents, India and HIV/AIDS Treatment (PDF) LSEAIDS, Update 4, April 2005.

Editorial boards

  • Latin American Politics and Society (since 2001)
  • Journal of Development Studies (since 2005)
  • Americas Quarterly (since 2006)
  • Business and Politics

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