Intellectual Property Rights and Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of the TRIPS Agreement pdf epub fb2

Intellectual Property Rights and Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of the TRIPS Agreement by Donald G. Richards pdf epub fb2 djvu

Author: Donald G. Richards
Title: Intellectual Property Rights and Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of the TRIPS Agreement
ISBN: 076561362X
ISBN13: 978-0765613622
Other Formats: lrf mobi lrf rtf
Pages: 256 pages
Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (April 30, 2004)
Language: English
Size PDF version: 1548 kb
Size EPUB version: 1494 kb
Category: Politics & Social Sciences
Subcategory: Politics & Government

This is an examination of the origins and impact of the agreement on Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) negotiated during the Uruguay Round of GATT talks. The principal theme is that the TRIPS agreement is not in the best interests of the poorer countries, and that its imposition on them by the richer countries has more to do with the exercise of political and economic power than with the positive economic benefits the agreement's supporters claim it can deliver. To support this assertion the book critically examines the economic evidence regarding the impact of intellectual property rights on such important variables as export performance, foreign investment, and economic growth. The author provides a political economic analysis of why the poorer countries acceded to the TRIPS agreement, illustrated with case studies of two important industries where the struggle over intellectual property is especially strong: pharmaceutical and agricultural biotechnology sectors. Designed for use in advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in international political economy and international relations theory, the book offer a radical view of the process of globalization.

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