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Bioprospection: From the Economics of Contracts to Reflexive Governance

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  • Tom Dedeurwaerdere

    (Centre for Philosophy of Law, Université Catholique de Louvain)

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    Bioprospection practices have proliferated as biotechnological and pharmaceutical companies engage in the collection and genetic screening of biological and genetic resources throughout the world. The purpose of this article is to examine the competing proposals for the institutional framing of bioprospection based on the provisions of access and benefit-sharing embodied in the Convention on Biological Diversity. In particular, through evaluating the contribution of neo-institutionalist and evolutionist propositions in economic theory our aim is to define the conditions of a more reflexive approach to governance in the context of the problem of the emergent regime on access and benefit sharing.

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    Paper provided by Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei in its series Working Papers with number 2004.56.

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    Date of creation: Mar 2004
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    1. Dosi, Giovanni, 1988. "Sources, Procedures, and Microeconomic Effects of Innovation," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 26(3), pages 1120-1171, September.
    2. Éric Brousseau, 2000. "Processus évolutionnaires et institutions. Quelles alternatives à la rationalité parfaite ?," Revue Économique, Programme National Persée, vol. 51(5), pages 1185-1213.
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