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Handbook of the International Political Economy of Governance

Handbook of the International Political Economy of Governance

Handbooks of Research on International Political Economy series

Edited by Anthony Payne and Nicola Phillips

Since the 1990s many of the assumptions that anchored the study of governance in international political economy (IPE) have been shaken loose. Reflecting on the intriguing and important processes of change that have occurred, and are occurring, Professors Anthony Payne and Nicola Phillips bring together the best research currently being undertaken in the field. They explore the complex ways that the global political economy is presently being governed, and indeed misgoverned.

Chapter 16: Governing intellectual property rights and development

Valbona Muzaka

Subjects: economics and finance, political economy, politics and public policy, international politics, political economy, regulation and governance


Compared to trade, production and finance, intellectual property rights (IPRs) have not been central to the study of international political economy. Nevertheless, their importance can hardly be overstated. Because they ultimately determine how knowledge - which some see as the 'new capital' - is generated, owned, controlled, protected and distributed, the mechanisms by which IPRs are governed have direct and profound consequences not only on the economy, but also on how societies create, learn, live and develop. IPRs are highly political, which is why their governance has been contested ever since its rudimentary beginnings in the sixteenth century. Today, contests over intellectual property (IP) have become ever more intense, especially since the negotiation and coming into force of the 1994 WTO TRIPS (Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) Agreement.

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