Ivor Jones

The politics of public policy toward software licensing in Brazil and Argentina

In my research I develop a framework for understanding cross-national variation in public policy toward software licensing, and I use the framework to undertake a comparative analysis of software licensing policies in Argentina and Brazil. Policies toward software licensing bear significance for development because they affect the socio-economic benefits to be derived from software, a good that is fundamental to processes of technological upgrading and economic development. Governments can play an important role in determining the relative prevalence of particular software licensing models through public policy. However, such policies vary significantly across different countries. Through an examination of the political economy surrounding software in Argentina and Brazil, two countries that reflect contrasting policies on the issue of software licensing, I aim to inform why and how different policies come to be adopted. Attending to the economics of using and producing software, actors' resources, material interests and ideological perspectives, international dynamics and the structure of state institutions, my study seeks to identify the causal factors behind policy outcomes and also the mechanisms by which causal factors yield different outcomes.



Dr Kenneth Shadlen (ID) and Professor Chrisanthi Avgerou (Management)


Research interests

  • Political economy of development
  • Political economy of ICT
  • Comparative politics
  • International politics
  • Business politics



  • Spanish (3S, 3W)
  • Portuguese (2S, 2W)
  • French (1S, 1W)
  • Mandarin (1S, 1W)

1 = basic; 2 = intermediate; 3 = fluent


Contact information

Ivor Jones
Department of International Development
London School of Economics
Houghton Street
London, WC 2A 2AE
United Kingdom