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Restoring Consumer SovereigntyHow Markets Manipulate Us and What the Law Can Do About It$
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Adrian Kuenzler

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190698577

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190698577.001.0001

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Open Approaches to Promoting Innovation and Economic Growth

Open Approaches to Promoting Innovation and Economic Growth

(p.199) 5 Open Approaches to Promoting Innovation and Economic Growth
Restoring Consumer Sovereignty

Adrian Kuenzler

Oxford University Press

This chapter contrasts the accepted account with more progressive notions of what constitutes progress. It shows that scholars of information production, software development, and the networking industries have long recognized that the fundamental economic characteristics of the social organization of production can be framed not only based on an argument around scarcity—as the present market regulatory account does—but alternatively also on a story about abundance. This reading involves the promotion of new innovation through commons-based systems of economic production that underlie new models of technological and cultural innovation, as well as the teachings and lessons from open source, intellectual property law’s negative space and the literature on spillover effects and modern infrastructure economics. The chapter shows how market access thinking can be applied not only to traditional infrastructure resources such as waterways, highways, or bridges but also to everyday consumer goods and services.

Keywords:   promoting progress, commons-based peer production, intellectual property law’s negative space, modern infrastructure economics, spillover effects, collaborative consumption, market access

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