Labor Standards in International Supply Chains

Labor Standards in International Supply Chains


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The authors examine developments in labor standards in global supply chains over the past thirty years, analyzing factors that create challenges and opportunities for improving working conditions. They illustrate the complex dynamics within and among key groups, including brands, suppliers, governments, workers and consumers.

Using extended examples from China, Honduras, Bangladesh and the United States, as well as new quantitative evidence, the authors analyze stakeholders and mechanisms that create or obstruct opportunities for improving labor rights. They evaluate key clusters of actors and their interests in order to comprehensively map the complex interactions and relationships that make up global supply chains. Original data and analyses, including four in-depth case studies, present a systematic evaluation of the points of leverage for changing labor standards in sectors including apparel, footwear, and electronics.

This exciting new contribution to a burgeoning field of study will benefit scholars of labor rights and human rights, as well as students with an interest in labor and working conditions. It also presents critical information for political scientists, NGOs, and practitioners looking to effect change in working conditions and learn more about key players in the global economy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783470358
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Publication date: 07/15/2014
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 843,559
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Daniel Berliner, Arizona State University, Anne Regan Greenleaf, University of Washington, Milli Lake, Arizona State University, Margaret Levi, Stanford University, Jennifer Noveck, University of Washington, US

Table of Contents

Contents: 1. Introduction 2. The Worlds Brands Create 3. Aligning Interests Across Global Supply Chains: An Analytic Framework 4. The International Framework for Labour Standards 5. Labor Standards Around the World: A Quantitative Examination 6. The United States in the Struggle for Labor Standards 7. Apparel Production in Honduras: A Case of Cross-cluster Alignment 8. Apparel Production in Bangladesh: Opportunity Amidst Tragedy? 9. Labor Resistance and Local Government – Supplier Collusion in Post-1986 China 10. Conclusion Index

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