Globalisation and the Emerging Regional Governance of Labour Rights

Deacon, Bob, De Lombaerde, Philippe, Macovei, Maria-Cristina and Nita, Sonja, (2011). Globalisation and the Emerging Regional Governance of Labour Rights. International Journal of Manpower, 32(3), 334-365

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  • Author Deacon, Bob
    De Lombaerde, Philippe
    Macovei, Maria-Cristina
    Nita, Sonja
    Title Globalisation and the Emerging Regional Governance of Labour Rights
    Appearing in International Journal of Manpower
    Volume 32
    Issue No. 3
    Publication Date 2011
    Place of Publication Bingley
    Publisher Emerald Group Publishing Limited
    Start page 334
    End page 365
    Language EN
    Abstract

    Purpose This paper aims to review the case for improved (supra‐national) regional social and labour policies in principle, assess the extent to which existing regional associations of governments and regional organizations are actually developing effective regional labour policies in different sub‐regions of Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia, and finally explore the driving forces behind their development and suggest how they might be further enhanced. Design/methodology/approach The paper compares the emergence of regional policies concerning labour rights and migrant workers' rights across regions. A sample of more than 15 regional arrangements are then ranked on the basis of their commitment in these areas. Finally, correlations between these rankings and different indicators of (real) regional interdependence are looked at. Findings The paper shows that regional socio‐economic policies are gaining importance in different world regions, although speeds are varied and generally low. It is difficult, however, to find strong correlations with indicators of regional interdependence such as trade or migration. Originality/value The paper presents one of the first systematic accounts of the development of regional socio‐economic policies in different world regions. It shows at the same time that huge opportunities for new policy initiatives exist in this area.

    Copyright Holder Emerald Group Publishing Limited
    Copyright Year 2011
    Copyright type All Rights Reserved
    DOI 10.1108/01437721111136796
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