(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

On the performativity of pill pricing : theory and reality in the economics of global pharmaceuticalization

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

(1) Institute for Housing and Urban Research, Univ., Uppsala, SUEDE


This article examines the use of tiered pricing” in the pharmaceuticals industry, where essential medicines are sold more cheaply in low-income than high-income countries to widen access. Yet it nonetheless urges retention of the performativity concept, albeit suitably reworked. For, insofar as the industry demonstrates nominal commitment to the model and to the social principles associated with it, it performs valuable political work. Moreover, it does help perform the pharmaceutical economy, by reproducing it in its existing form: repeatedly questioning the model's workability, Western manufacturers are able to continue to avoid putting it widely into practice and, in the process, jeopardizing the profits generated by conventional pricing


Article of periodic

published at : Antipode / ISSN 0066-4812

Editor : Blackwell, Oxford - ROYAUME-UNI (1969)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 46, no4 [pp. 1054-1071]

Bibliographic references : 3 p.



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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1111/anti.12084

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