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International labor standards, soft regulation, and national government roles

Kuruvilla, Sarosh and Verma, Anil (2006) International labor standards, soft regulation, and national government roles. Journal of Industrial Relations, 48 (1). pp. 41-58. ISSN 0022-1856

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0022185606059313


In this article, we briefly describe the different approaches to the regulation of international labor standards, and then argue for a new role for national governments based on soft rather than hard regulation approaches. We argue that this new role shows potential for significantly enhancing progress in international labor standards, since it enables governments to articulate a position without having to deal with the enforcement issues that hard regulation mandates. We justify this new role for governments based on the increasing use of soft regulation in the international arena. Of course, this approach is not without its own problems, but given that existing approaches have all provided imperfect solutions to the problem of improving labor standards globally, re-visiting the role of national governments is in our view, highly important.

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Additional Information: © 2006 SAGE Publications Ltd
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Date Deposited: 11 May 2018 15:54
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2024 18:57

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