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Food, Health and the Knowledge Economy

The State and Intellectual Property in India and Brazil


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About this book


This book opens a window into how two ambitious countries – India and Brazil – are seeking to become knowledge powers in the 21st century. As the knowledge economy became the preferred way of conceptualising the economy and its future direction, in the more economically-advanced countries, our search for understanding also followed the same direction. This generated a body of work that has neglected countries that, like India and Brazil, are attempting to make the leap into knowledge economies. Muzaka explores these motivations and the ways in which they have inspired a number of institutional reforms in India and Brazil. The author offers an investigation of the role the state in shaping the respective intellectual property systems pertaining to the pharmaceutical and agro-biotechnology sectors and the multiple social conflicts that have unfolded as a result.


Statehood Intellectual property Health Political economy Political science India Brazil Knowledge Economy Food Biotechnology New Knowledge Economy Post-Fordism Fordism Plant Genetic Resources Knowledge powers

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  1. 1.Department of European & International StudiesKing’s College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Valbona Muzaka is Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy at King’s College London, UK. Her work focuses on the knowledge economy, intellectual property rights, global governance, public health, trade, development and the ‘emerging economies’. She has published a number of articles and chapters on these themes and is author of The Politics of Intellectual Property Rights and Access to Medicines (2011).

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