Private Power, Public Law
The Globalization of Intellectual Property Rights
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Private Power, Public Law by Susan K. Sell
Book DescriptionSusan K. Sell's book shows how power in international politics is increasingly exercised by private interests rather than governments. In 1994 the WTO adopted the Agreement on 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 twelve powerful CEOs of multinational corporations who wished to mould international law to protect their markets. This book examines the politics leading up to TRIPS, the first seven years of its implementation, and the political backlash against TRIPS in the face of the HIV/AIDS crisis. Focusing on global capitalism, ideas, and economic coercion, this work explains the politics behind TRIPS and the controversies created in its wake. It is a fascinating study of the influence of private interests in government decision-making, and in the shaping of the global economy.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521819145
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 15-May-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Susan K. Sell
Who Governs the Globe?, Hardback (June 2010)
The first major study of 'global governors': the authorities who exercise power across borders for purposes of affecting policy.
Private Power, Public Law, Paperback (May 2003)» View all books by Susan K. Sell
Analysis of the power of multinational corporations in moulding international law on intellectual property rights.
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Author Biography - Susan K. Sell
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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