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Does transnational private governance reduce or displace labor abuses? Addressing sorting dynamics across global supply chains

Koenig-Archibugi, Mathias (2017) Does transnational private governance reduce or displace labor abuses? Addressing sorting dynamics across global supply chains. Regulation and Governance. ISSN 1748-5983

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Identification Number: 10.1111/rego.12169

Abstract

The attention of practitioners and scholars of private regulation of working conditions is focused on whether and how corporate buyers can help improve labor and safety standards in the factories that supply them by adopting codes of conduct, joining social certification schemes, participating in social audit processes, and financing safety improvements. In this Note, I argue that more attention should be paid to the possibility that private regulation schemes – whatever degree of compliance they achieve - mostly result in a displacement effect or sorting dynamic that leaves overall level of working conditions unchanged. The Note sketches a research agenda aimed at identifying the conditions under which a sorting dynamic can occur and at conceiving innovative private governance designs that could avoid it.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(IS...
Additional Information: © 2017 Wiley Publishing
Divisions: Government
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > Government
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2017 11:19
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2020 02:30
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/83517

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