The Global Political Economy of Intellectual Property Rights, 2nd ed: The New Enclosures, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

The Global Political Economy of Intellectual Property Rights, 2nd ed

The New Enclosures, 1st Edition

By Christopher May


192 pages

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The first edition established itself as one of the leading books to situate the issue of intellectual property within the discipline of International Political Economy (IPE). Since its publication, intellectual property has continued to rise up the global agenda, reflecting expanding interest in the area among policy-makers and advocacy groups, linked to the increasingly fraught politics of the global governance of IPRs.

Significantly revised and updated to take account of developments within the World Trade Organization and the World Intellectual Property Organization, this edition incorporates the author’s recent research on IPRs. It retains the theoretical and analytical elements of the first edition, whilst offering students and researchers a detailed analysis of how intellectual property is politically constructed, and how it is linked to the economics of knowledge and information in the contemporary global political economy. Rapidly-developing issues addressed in the work include:

  • arguments around the implementation of the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of IPRs (TRIPs)
  • the WIPO Development agenda and the ‘resistance’ to socialization programmes
  • the AIDS crisis and the pharmaceutical industry
  • Digital Rights Management

This book will be of interest to students and researchers of international political economy, international relations and intellectual property law.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. On Institutions and (Intellectual) Property 2. Developing Intellectual Property 3. The TRIPs Agreement and Beyond 4. Intellectual Property in the New Millennium 5. The Challenge of Openness? Conclusion: Reification, Hypocrisy and Political Economy

About the Series

RIPE Series in Global Political Economy

For almost two decades now, the RIPE Series published by Routledge has been an essential forum for cutting-edge scholarship in International Political Economy. The series brings together new and established scholars working in critical, cultural and constructivist political economy. Books in the RIPE Series typically combine an innovative contribution to theoretical debates with rigorous empirical analysis.

The RIPE Series seeks to cultivate:

  • Field-defining theoretical advances in International Political Economy
  • Novel treatments of key issue areas, both historical and contemporary, such as global finance, trade, and production
  • Analyses that explore the political economic dimensions of relatively neglected topics, such as the environment, gender relations, and migration
  • Accessible work that will inspire advanced undergraduates and graduate students in International Political Economy.

James Brassett – Warwick

Eleni Tsingou – Copenhagen Business School

Susanne Soederberg – Queen’s

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General