A global knowledge economy? Biopolitical strategies in India and the European Union

Lofgren, Hans and Benner, Mats 2011, A global knowledge economy? Biopolitical strategies in India and the European Union, Journal of sociology, vol. 47, no. 2, pp. 163-180, doi: 10.1177/1440783310386832.

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Title A global knowledge economy? Biopolitical strategies in India and the European Union
Author(s) Lofgren, Hans
Benner, Mats
Journal name Journal of sociology
Volume number 47
Issue number 2
Start page 163
End page 180
Total pages 18
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2011-06
ISSN 1440-7833
Keyword(s) biotechnology
European Union
knowledge economy
Summary This article critiques the notion of a cross-national convergence of institutional and policy responses to science-based technologies. The continued significance of institutional legacies is demonstrated through a comparative analysis of strategies for the biopharma industry in two radically different settings: India and the European Union (EU). Tensions are evident in both the EU ‘high’ route and the mixed strategy pursued in India. State promotion of biopharma is seen in India as a pathway to economic development, framed by a vision of India as a global power. Here, the ‘low’ route of cost advantages is combined with a ‘global’ rhetoric of innovation, modeled on US experience, and uneven forays into advanced R&D. The pursuit of product innovation was reinforced by India’s adoption of TRIPS-mandated intellectual property rights. In the EU, the aim is an integrated policy and regulatory approach to sustain and legitimize European integration, with the ultimate intent of overtaking the USA.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1440783310386832
Field of Research 160699 Political Science not elsewhere classified
160805 Social Change
160603 Comparative Government and Politics
Socio Economic Objective 940203 Political Systems
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2011
Copyright notice ©2011, Sage Publications Ltd.
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