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Cultural globalisation, institutional diversity and the unequal accumulation of intellectual capital

Ugo Pagano

in Cambridge Journal of Economics

Published on behalf of Cambridge Political Economy Society

Volume 31, issue 5, pages 649-667
Published in print September 2007 | ISSN: 0309-166X
Published online August 2007 | e-ISSN: 1464-3545 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cje/bem015
Cultural globalisation, institutional diversity and the unequal accumulation of intellectual capital

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National economies used to be characterised by cultural standardisation and social protection. Globalisation pushes cultural standardisation beyond the boundaries of national states and induces a global dilution of the standards of social protection. At the same time, if national economies specialise according to their comparative institutional advantage, global economic integration may help promote institutional diversity and variety in welfare policies. However, the institution of a global system of intellectual property rights may seriously limit the ‘biodiversity’ of capitalism and imply a global revenge of a new international form of Taylorism. The overall result may be a very unequal accumulation of intellectual capital. Paradoxically, the modern global economy may end up sharing some aspects of the agrarian societies that have been displaced by modern nation states.

Keywords: Global economy; Global development; Cultural standardisation; Social protection; Institutional diversity; Intellectual property rights; F020; O340; P140; P510

Journal Article.  9991 words. 

Subjects: Technological Change; Research and Development ; Capitalist Systems ; Comparative Economic Systems ; International Economics

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