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The ethical and economic case for sweatshop regulation

Coakley, M. and Kates, Michael (2012) The ethical and economic case for sweatshop regulation. Journal of Business Ethics, online. pp. 1-6. ISSN 0167-4544

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s10551-012-1540-y


Three types of objections have been raised against sweatshops. According to their critics, sweatshops are (1) exploitative, (2) coercive, and (3) harmful to workers. In "The Ethical and Economic Case Against Sweatshop Labor: A Critical Assessment," Powell and Zwolinski critique all three objections and thereby offer what is arguably the most powerful defense of sweatshops in the philosophical literature to date. This article demonstrates that, whether or not unregulated sweatshops are exploitative or coercive, they are, pace Powell and Zwolinski, harmful to workers. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.

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Additional Information: © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Divisions: Government
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2012 15:13
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 01:59

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