This paper advances the hypothesis that some of the roots of the present crisis are to be found in the present institutions of the knowledge economy. While protectionism is seen as a possible dangerous outcome of the crisis, the extent of protectionism inherent to the strengthening and globalisation of intellectual property rights (IPRs) associated, in particular, with the signing of the Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights agreement is not generally perceived as one of its possible causes. Indeed, IPRs have acted as ‘super-tariffs’. Pagano, U. and Rossi, M. 2009. The crash of the knowledge economy, Cambridge Journal of Economics, vol. 33, no. 4, abstractAlso, there's the infamous (?) attempt by the European Union to transition to some form of sustainable knowledge economy: the Lisbon Strategy. Struggling under the weight of the current crisis, as evident on the front page of the project, it is possible to conclude that the strategy did not go as well as hoped, even by their own account (to be fair though, their report does highlight some great things).
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