9780826456595

Trade Unions and Global Governance: The Debate on a Social Clause

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  • ISBN13:

    9780826456595

  • ISBN10:

    0826456596

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-08-30
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

As the world economy is liberalized, and national economies become more intertwined, the national decision making of states is also increasingly interdependent, and it has become vital for non-governmental organizations to create an international agenda. This title is an important study of what makes such organizations successful on an international level. The focus is on trade unions, as a key international group of NGOs. It asks whether a global system can be designed to stimulate countries to observe a set of minimum or core standards. It explores three important questions: how have unions attempted to influence the debate on the inclusion of minimum labor standards in the WTO agreement?; what accounts for their success or lack of success?; and what conclusions, with respect to the effective behavior of trade unions in the construction of international policy, can be drawn from these experiences? In exploring these questions the text looks at social clause debates within a number of international bodies:the ILO, OECD and the EU, and within two countries: the US and India.

Table of Contents

List of Tables
vii
Acknowledgements viii
List of Abbreviations
ix
Trade Unions, Labour Standards and Global Governance: An Introduction
1(27)
Trade Unions and Global Governance
28(13)
Claiming Positions: Debates on Labour Standards
41(30)
The Fair Trade Discourse on International Labour Standards: The Case of the United States
71(42)
The Neo-liberal Discourse on International Labour Standards: The Case of India
113(33)
The OECD Study on Trade and Labour Standards
146(27)
Adjusting the ILO to Global Challenges: The Modest Result of the Laborious Debate on the Strengthening of the ILO
173(29)
Trade Unions and Global Governance: Summary and Conclusions
202(21)
Appendix: ILO Core Conventions and Their Rate of Ratification 223(4)
Bibliography 227(29)
Index 256

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