Cultural Globalisation, Institutional Diversity and the Unequal Accumulation of Intellectual Capital

Posted: 16 Jun 2008

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Ugo Pagano

University of Siena - Department of Economics

Date Written: September 2007

Abstract

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

JEL Classification: F020, O340, P140, P510

Suggested Citation

Pagano, Ugo, Cultural Globalisation, Institutional Diversity and the Unequal Accumulation of Intellectual Capital (September 2007). Cambridge Journal of Economics, Vol. 31, Issue 5, pp. 649-667, 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1146018 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cje/bem015

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