Soft Determinism in the Market Menagerie
This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on health technologies and the health market in late industrial countries, particularly India. It offers insights into the debates about developmental states and markets by showing how states build health access and industrial capabilities simultaneously. It explains that while technologies have a character and momentum of their own, they are created, mediated, and regulated through politics and plans that in turn shape the markets of that period. This chapter also stresses the need for a soft technological determinism in understanding the momentum and influence of technical advances on the demand and delivery of pharmaceuticals.
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