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By Becky Mansfield

Modern privatization remakes nature-society as estate and transforms people’s relationships to themselves, one another, and the flora and fauna. This groundbreaking assortment offers the 1st systematic research of neo-liberal privatization. wealthy case reviews of privatization within the making show either the pivotal position that privatization performs in neoliberalism and new possibilities for demanding neo-liberal hegemony.

  • Rich case stories associated with broader questions about neoliberalism
  • Illustrates the significance of estate relation and the complexities present within the that means and perform of estate
  • Extends present geographical scholarship on neoliberalism –including neoliberalism and nature
  • Each essay touches at the disciplinary, regulatory dimensions of privatization
  • Highlights the significance of privatization, either largely and particularly

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The conventional canola grown by Schmeiser before 1996 was also a commodity, and he a commodity producer, albeit in the vein characteristic of intensive, (nominally) independent family farming. The shift, then, from a more common to a more closed property regime vis-`a-vis canola germplasm is more of a consolidation of nature’s commodification and the capacity for capital to circulate through biophysical nature in agriculture, tendencies that are longstanding and uneven (Goodman, Sorj and Wilkinson 1987; Kautsky 1988; Kloppenburg 2004) but by no means wholly new.

Opponents of water supply privatization frequently invoke a human right to water to support their claims (Gleick 1998; Hukka and Katko 2003; Morgan 2004b, 2005; Trawick 2003). The argument for creating a human right to water generally rests on two justifications: the non-substitutability of drinking water (“essential for life”), and the fact that many other human rights which are explicitly recognized in the UN Conventions are predicated upon an (assumed) availability of water (eg the right to food).

Para B) Though I am no lawyer or judge, I cannot imagine this recourse to mobile capital and technology is a sound basis of legal reasoning. It thereby provides a glimpse on the marshalling of broad rhetorical strategies in order to justify what is fundamentally a political intervention (whether the rights are granted or not), and thus to the open-ended character of both cases as judicial reviews of the scope of patent rights. This is also evident in the fact that, this minority opinion notwithstanding, in both Scott Prudham 26 decisions the SCC rejected whole organism patents of the sort endorsed in the US.

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