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Uneven development, uneven tesponse: the relentless search for meaningful regulation of GVCs

Morris, Jonathan, Jenkins, Jean and Donaghey, Jimmy 2020. Uneven development, uneven tesponse: the relentless search for meaningful regulation of GVCs. British Journal of Industrial Relations 10.1111/bjir.12573

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The regulation of employment in global value chains (GVCs) is a story of the interaction of corporation and state in transnational space, where uneven international development has allowed the commodification and exploitation of international labour. Global standards are well articulated by bodies such as the International Labour Organization (ILO) and UN. We know what ‘decent work’ should look like as well as what all workers should enjoy as basic employment and human rights. Yet, internationally, the different mechanisms of private and public regulation fail at the point of implementation and across the world we see no fundamental shift in the condition of labour in terms of its capacity for social or economic upgrading. This article examines the regulatory mechanisms, and outcomes of regulation, of industrial relations in GVCs. It commends a future research agenda to illuminate the interaction between different sources of standards and rules and the complexities of intersecting private and public regulation, in the pursuit of enforceable, meaningful regulation of work and employment in international supply chains.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0007-1080
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 24 October 2020
Date of Acceptance: 8 October 2020
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2020 14:00

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