Transnational Norm-Building in Global Health: The Important Role of Non-State Actors in Post-Westphalian Politics

  • Wolfgang Hein
  • Lars Kohlmorgen
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


The International Compact on Economic, Social and Cultural (ESC) Human Rights constitutes codified international law, but many of its provisions are still far from being respected. This paper discusses the hypothesis that global civil society strengthens subsidiary norms (as the right to access to essential medicines) and that the successful fight for the implementation of the norm ‘universal access to essential medicines’ proves the discursive power of civil society organisations (CSOs) in the field of human rights.


World Trade Organization Global Fund Essential Medicine Global Civil Society Norm Carrier 
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© Wolfgang Hein and Lars Kohlmorgen 2009

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  • Wolfgang Hein
  • Lars Kohlmorgen

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