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Ken Shadlen

I am a political scientist in the Department of International Development, at the London School of Economics.

I work on the comparative and international political economy of development, with a focus on understanding variation in national policy responses to changing global rules. In recent years my research has focused on the global and cross-national politics of intellectual property (IP). I am particularly interested in the implications that the new global IP regime presents for late development, and the various ways that the international norms and rules for IP are adopted at the national level and affect national practices. In my recent book, Coalitions and Compliance: The Political Economy of Pharmaceutical Patents in Latin America (Oxford University Press, 2017) I examine the different ways that countries introduced pharmaceutical patents in the 1990s, and then subsequently revised their new pharmaceutical patent systems in the 2000s. In an ESRC-funded project with Bhaven Sampat (TRIPS Implementation and Secondary Pharmaceutical Patenting: An Empirical Analysis), we consider how pharmaceutical patent systems function, in practice. We analyse the extent to which differences in national pharmaceutical patent systems, particularly different approaches toward applications for secondary patents, affect overall patenting patterns, and we seek to understand the factors that account for differential effectiveness of national policies toward secondary patents.

I have also written extensively on the political economy of North-South trade agreements, examining the spread of regional and bilateral agreements, their implications for developing countries, and the relationship between regional/bilateral and multilateral trade agreements. My earlier work on changing patterns of government-business relations included Democratization Without Representation: The Politics of Small Industry in Mexico (Penn State University Press, 2004).

I am one of the Managing Editors of the Journal of Development Studies.

Follow these links for more information on my Publications, MSc teaching, PhD supervision, and CV.


Professional details



Professor in Development Studies, Department of International Development , London School of Economics

Head of Department (September 2017 September 2020)


Additional Affiliations:

Associate Fellow, Institute of the Americas, University College London

Affiliated Staff, Department of Government

Research Associate, Centre for the Study of Human Rights


Contact Details:

Department of International Development (CON 7.08)
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

TEL: +(44-20) 7852-3681
FAX: +(44-20) 7955-6844

EMAIL: k[dot]shadlen[at]lse[dot]ac[dot]uk

SKYPE: kenshad1






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