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Laurie Taylor discusses the latest social science research.
28 September 2005
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Why has the monarchy been such a prevalent institution throughout history and in such a diverse range of societies?

Laurietalks to Declan Quigley, Honorary research Associate at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, editor of a new book ' The Character of Kingship' which examines the vital yet precarious role of the monarch.

They discuss how the dual nature of kingship, as being sacred and being society's scapegoat, gives the monarchy very little room to manoeuvre.
Pharmaceutical industry

Is it necessary to protect the profits of pharmaceutical companies in rich countries if drugs are to be supplied on humanitarian grounds to poor countries?

Laurie is joined by Stefan Szymanski, Professor at Tanaka Business School, Imperial College London, and author of "Parallel Trade, price discrimination, investment and price caps" and Dr Mary Moran , director of the Pharmaceutical R&D Policy Project at the London School of Economics to discuss the implications of this.
Additional information:
Declan Quigley - Honorary research associate, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford

The Character of Kingship

Publisher: Berg Publishers
ISBN: 1845202910

The interpretation of caste
Publisher: OUP India
ISBN: 0195651715

Contested Hierarchies: A Collaborative Ethnography of Caste Among the Newars of the Kathmandu Valley , Nepal
David N. Gellner (Editor), Declan Quigley (Editor)
Publisher: OUP India
ISBN: 019564848X

Scapegoats: the killing of kings and ordinary people
Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 2000, 6:2, 237-253.

On the relationship between caste and Hinduism
in The Blackwell Companion to Hinduism
Edited by Gavin Flood
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
ISBN: 1405132515

The new landscape of Neglected disease drug development
Dr Mary Moran

Parallel Trade, price discrimination, investment and price caps
Stefan Szymanski and Tommaso M. Valletti
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