Private Power, Public Law: The Globalization of Intellectual Property Rights / Edition 1

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Susan Sell's book reveals how power in international politics is increasingly exercised by private interests rather than governments. In 1994 the World Trade Organization (WTO) adopted the Agreement in Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), which dictated to states how they should regulate the protection of intellectual property. This book argues that TRIPS resulted from lobbying by powerful multinational corporations who wished to mould international law to protect their markets.

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"...a remarkably gripping narrative that powerfully challenges some traditional beliefs...In addition to providing accessible and concise accounts of the genesis and subsequent development of TRIPS [Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights], Professor Sell also provides additional insights of her own that make her book particularly notable as a resource...This book should have wide appeal to a diverse audience that includes political scientists or international relations theorists, as well as those who are more interested primarily in TRIPS, or the development of international intellectual property law." Emory International Law Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521525398
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2003
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in International Relations Series, #88
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan K. Sell is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at The George Washington University. She is the author of Power and Ideas: The North-South Politics of Intellectual Property and Antitrust (1998).

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Table of Contents

List of figures and tables
List of abbreviations
1 Introduction 1
2 Structure, agents, and institutions 30
3 US intellectual property rights in historical perspective 60
4 The domestic origins of a trade-based approach to intellectual property 75
5 The Intellectual Property Committee and transnational mobilization 96
6 Life after TRIPS: aggression and opposition 121
7 Conclusion: structured agency revisited 163
References 189
Index 210
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