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Robin Hoods or thieves? A Foucauldian analysis of international trade policies regarding software piracy
Unformatted Document Text:  Foucauldian analysis of international trade policies 23 Conclusion “A free market under capitalist conditions leads inevitably to a concentration of capital, growth of transnational corporations and forms of industrial oligopolization which are not necessarily supportive of everybody’s interest and need” (Hamelink, 1997, p. 117). Several points can be made about the evolution and recent developments within the international trade regulatory system. First, each of the international agreements described here, i.e., GATT, the Uruguay Round, and their derivative organizations (ITO and WTO, and now TRO) have had prominently among their stated purposes (i.e., central in the discursive formation) the protection of poor countries, yet a majority of their efforts go toward the protection of (just one, wealthy) company. More active effort, as is apparent in much of the discourse presented here, is going toward prosecution of countries by companies (see Delio, 2002, Jan 22; Theoretical Note: Find examples of other companies, or make more of the uni-corporational trade policies idea, focusing only on Microsoft benefits/efforts). Problems (economic, technological, educational) in poor countries have been little relieved by these international organizations and agreements, at least in part because of the problems mentioned with GATT, specifically, too much influence by powerful countries to protect their own interests at the expense of everyone else’s interests. This unilateralism (and/or bilateralism, or self-interest-ism) undermines the best efforts of the supporters of true multilateral policies. Further hindering these international regulatory efforts are regional treaties (NAFTA, European Free Trade Association, the Mediterranean Free

Authors: Malyshev, Yuri. and Hamilton, Ann.
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Foucauldian analysis of international trade policies 23
Conclusion
“A free market under capitalist conditions leads inevitably to a concentration of
capital, growth of transnational corporations and forms of industrial oligopolization which
are not necessarily supportive of everybody’s interest and need” (Hamelink, 1997, p. 117).
Several points can be made about the evolution and recent developments within the
international trade regulatory system. First, each of the international agreements described
here, i.e., GATT, the Uruguay Round, and their derivative organizations (ITO and WTO,
and now TRO) have had prominently among their stated purposes (i.e., central in the
discursive formation) the protection of poor countries, yet a majority of their efforts go
toward the protection of (just one, wealthy) company. More active effort, as is apparent in
much of the discourse presented here, is going toward prosecution of countries by
companies (see Delio, 2002, Jan 22; Theoretical Note: Find examples of other companies,
or make more of the uni-corporational trade policies idea, focusing only on Microsoft
benefits/efforts).
Problems (economic, technological, educational) in poor countries have been little
relieved by these international organizations and agreements, at least in part because of the
problems mentioned with GATT, specifically, too much influence by powerful countries to
protect their own interests at the expense of everyone else’s interests. This unilateralism
(and/or bilateralism, or self-interest-ism) undermines the best efforts of the supporters of
true multilateral policies. Further hindering these international regulatory efforts are
regional treaties (NAFTA, European Free Trade Association, the Mediterranean Free


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