World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO): Resurgence and the Development Agenda, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

Resurgence and the Development Agenda, 1st Edition

By Christopher May


136 pages

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pub: 2006-11-23
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Covering the World Intellectual Property Organization, this volume introduces a much ignored element of the contemporary structure of global governance to scholars of international political economy.

Christopher May discusses:

  • how the World Intellectual Property Organization works, its antecedents and history
  • the debates about the role and justification of intellectual property
  • the role of WIPO within contemporary global politics
  • the key elements of its relations with the World Trade Organization
  • the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights.

The analysis then examines the recent political economy of the organization and argues that far from being the neutral or technical agency that it often presents itself as, the WIPO is highly politicized and acts to socialize policy makers and civil servants into a specific view of intellectual property. However, the recent proposal to establish a Development Agenda at the WIPO is an important development, and the book concludes by examining the problems which have promoted this agenda, suggesting that these reforms of the WIPO should be welcomed.

The World Intellectual Property Organization is a clear and accessible volume that will confirm the WIPO as one of the global institutions which any student of global governance must understand.

Table of Contents




Chapter 1 Intellectual Property

Chapter 2 The WIPO's Antecedents and History

Chapter 3 How the WIPO works

Chapter 4 Global Governance and Intellectual Property

Chapter 5 The problem with the WIPO

Chapter 6 The WIPO's rise, fall and comeback



About the Series

Global Institutions

The "Global Institutions Series" is edited by Thomas G. Weiss (The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA) and Rorden Wilkinson (University of Sussex, UK).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Intellectual Property / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General