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The World Intellectual Property Organisation Christopher May

The World Intellectual Property Organisation

Christopher May

Published November 6th 2006
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152 pages
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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 WorldMoreCovering 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 historythe debates about the role and justification of intellectual propertythe role of WIPO within contemporary global politicsthe key elements of its relations with the World Trade Organizationthe 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.