Governing Knowledge: Discourses and Tactics of the European Union in Trade-Related Intellectual Property Negotiations

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Abstract


  • With global shifts in the format of international trade negotiations—frommultilateral

    to bilateral and regional fora—possibilities for the unequal exercise of power have amplified. At

    risk are the trade-related interests of “developing” economies, as well as public policy issues like

    access to medicines. In response we analyse some of the emerging governmental approaches

    currently being employed for trade-related intellectual property (IP) rules. Our concern is to

    provide a deeper understanding of the ways power is exercised internationally. Here, we explore

    the European Union (EU) approaches towards trade negotiations. Examining the role of the EU

    in IP-related trade negotiations, recent actions towards “economic partnership agreements” with

    African, Caribbean and Pacific countries are discussed. Rather than exercise a singular approach,

    the EU has pursued a range of tactics, including educational and incentive-based measures, but

    also surveillance of foreign country IP protection, and increasingly overt disciplinary tactics in

    their negotiations. A veneer of inclusiveness masks a more sophisticated, diversified governing

    strategy still ultimately concerned with the sovereign or judicial enrolment and compliance of

    economically/technologically poorer nations to a regulatory apparatus of security that favours

    European IP interests.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Robinson, D. & Gibson, C. R. (2011). Governing Knowledge: Discourses and Tactics of the European Union in Trade-Related Intellectual Property Negotiations. Antipode: a radical journal of geography, 43 (5), 1883-1910.

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  • 2-s2.0-80054017504

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2086&context=scipapers

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Number Of Pages


  • 27

Start Page


  • 1883

End Page


  • 1910

Volume


  • 43

Issue


  • 5

Abstract


  • With global shifts in the format of international trade negotiations—frommultilateral

    to bilateral and regional fora—possibilities for the unequal exercise of power have amplified. At

    risk are the trade-related interests of “developing” economies, as well as public policy issues like

    access to medicines. In response we analyse some of the emerging governmental approaches

    currently being employed for trade-related intellectual property (IP) rules. Our concern is to

    provide a deeper understanding of the ways power is exercised internationally. Here, we explore

    the European Union (EU) approaches towards trade negotiations. Examining the role of the EU

    in IP-related trade negotiations, recent actions towards “economic partnership agreements” with

    African, Caribbean and Pacific countries are discussed. Rather than exercise a singular approach,

    the EU has pursued a range of tactics, including educational and incentive-based measures, but

    also surveillance of foreign country IP protection, and increasingly overt disciplinary tactics in

    their negotiations. A veneer of inclusiveness masks a more sophisticated, diversified governing

    strategy still ultimately concerned with the sovereign or judicial enrolment and compliance of

    economically/technologically poorer nations to a regulatory apparatus of security that favours

    European IP interests.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Robinson, D. & Gibson, C. R. (2011). Governing Knowledge: Discourses and Tactics of the European Union in Trade-Related Intellectual Property Negotiations. Antipode: a radical journal of geography, 43 (5), 1883-1910.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-80054017504

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2086&context=scipapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/scipapers/1020

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 27

Start Page


  • 1883

End Page


  • 1910

Volume


  • 43

Issue


  • 5