The Political Economy of Intellectual Property Rights in Trade

     Dissertation Committee: Helen V. Milner (chair), James R. Vreeland, and Kristopher W. Ramsay

In my dissertation, I address these fundamentals of international and comparative political economy and ask why the WTO preserves the freedom to use a set of rights and safeguards under TRIPS, known as TRIPS Flexibilties. In particular, I study how states' uses of the trade remedies are bound by their political conditions, both international and domestic.