Justice in the Diffusion of Innovation

Allen Buchanan, Tony Cole, Robert O. Keohane

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This chapter proposes an international regulating body for the purposes of eliminating the problem of diffusion of innovation. Patent laws, intellectual property rights, monopolies, among other things, exacerbate political and economic inequalities by withholding access of innovations to those who need it. A major branch of concern is the distribution of pharmaceuticals. In order to maintain distributive justice and reduce the global burden of disease, a Global Institute for Justice in Innovation can be established to encourage rapid diffusion of innovations and discourage firms that restrict access to them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGlobal Justice and Bioethics
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780190267711
ISBN (Print)9780195379907
StatePublished - May 27 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Diffusion of innovation
  • Distributive justice
  • Global burden of disease
  • Global institute for justice in innovation
  • Intellectual property
  • Monopolies
  • Patent laws
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Political and economic inequalities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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