Promissories and pharmaceutical patents: agencing markets through public narratives

Geiger, S. and Finch, J. (2016) Promissories and pharmaceutical patents: agencing markets through public narratives. Consumption Markets and Culture, 19(1), pp. 71-91. (doi: 10.1080/10253866.2015.1067199)

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We investigate a body of data emanating from the 2008/2009 EU Pharmaceutical Sector Inquiry, interpreting the collection of submissions to it as a concerted attempt at market innovation that becomes fraught with challenge and contest. In the pharmaceutical market, interests associated with patient concerns, government budgets, global “Big Pharma,” and local “small pharma” coalesce and compete with patent law, technological innovation and drug lifecycles. Our research question is: What role do market narratives play in shaping the market's socio-technical agencements? By introducing market narratives, we focus on the performative effects of temporality and iteration. Our argument is that by acting as (contested) promissories, market narratives contribute to “agencing” a market, such that actors are engaged continually in juxtaposing and adjusting their representations of it and putting in place those socio-technical agencements that make the markets resemble those narratives. Narrating a market becomes a collective and iterative task of equipping actors to shape the markets that they desire.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Finch, Professor John
Authors: Geiger, S., and Finch, J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Consumption Markets and Culture
ISSN (Online):1477-223X
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 Taylor and Francis
First Published:First published in Consumption Markets and Culture 19(1):71-91
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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