The Anti-Patent Movement Revisited: Institutional Change and Cognitive Frames in Nineteenth-Century Germany
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October 21, 2010
This paper examines the development of patent legislation which favored the centralization of economic decision-making in nineteenth-century Germany. Since the passing of a patent law in 1877 became possible only after the financial crisis and the weakening of the anti-patent movement, I suggest that changes in network structures and cognitive frameworks influenced the institution-building process. More specifically, I find that the reception of conflicting evaluative frameworks by dominant actors led to cognitive dissonance which could be creatively exploited by the industrialist lobby within the pro-patent movement.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 24
Keywords: patent law, evaluative principles, financial crisis, fields, cognitive dissonanceworking papers series
Date posted: October 22, 2010 ; Last revised: March 15, 2013
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