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Fair Trade, Corporate Accountability and Beyond: Experiments in Globalizing Justice

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Edited by: Kate Macdonald, Shelley Marshall

ISBN13: 9780754674399
Published: January 2010
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
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As trade and production have increasingly crossed international boundaries, private bodies and governments alike have sought new ways to regulate labour standards and advance goals of fairness and social justice. This collection brings together the research and reflections of academics, activists and practitioners in the fields of fair trade and corporate accountability, providing detailed case studies of social justice governance initiatives which document the evolution of established strategies of advocacy and social mobilization, and the emergence of new patterns of regionally focussed organizing adopted by labour and social movements that seek to intervene in changing formations of global capital. Engaging with a range of debates surrounding the regulation of transnational business in a globalizing economy and the strengths and limitations of voluntary initiatives compared with legally enforceable instruments, this volume analyzes a broad range of empirical and theoretical perspectives, exploring deeper questions regarding the potential of such initiatives to function as transformative strategies capable of entrenching principles of fairness and justice within the institutional structures governing global production and trade.

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International Trade
Contents: Preface
Introduction: Social governance in a global economy: introduction to an evolving agenda, Kate Macdonald and Shelley Marshall
Part I
Individual and Civic Action Through Fair Trade: Fair trade at the centre of development, Steve Knapp
Developing markets, building networks: promoting fair trade in Asia, Claribel B. David and Hyun-Seung Anna Kim
Mainstreaming fair trade brands and the problem of ownership, Anna Hutchens
What gives fair trade its right to operate? Organizational legitimacy and strategic management, Alex Nicholls
Voluntarism and fairtrade, Tim Wilson
Part II Responsible Consumers and Corporations: Corporations and global justice: rethinking 'public' and 'private' responsibilities, Terry Macdonald
Corporate responsibility and stakeholder governance: relevance to the Australian garment sector, Emer Diviney and Serena Lillywhite
CSR and policy incoherence, Peter Utting
Fair consumption? Consumer action on labour standards, Gordon Renouf
Part III Mobilised Workers: Corporate accountability and the potential for workers representation in China, Anita Chan
The threat posed by 'corporate social responsibility' to trade union rights, Jeff Ballinger
Can CSR help workers organize? An examination of the lessons learnt and an exploration of a new way forward, Andrea Maksimovic
Corporate accountability through community and unions: linking workers and campaigning to improve working conditions across the supply chain, Annie Delaney
Triangular solidarity as an alternative to CSR and consumer based campaigning, Apo Leong, Chan Ka-wai and Anna Tucker
Part IV A Strengthened and Transformed Role for the State: Regional trade agreements in the Pacific islands: fair trade for farmers?, Nic Maclellan
Crowding out or ratcheting up? Fair trade systems, regulation and new governance, Orly Lobel
The regulatory impact of using public procurement to promote better labour standards in corporate supply chains, John Howe
CSR is not the main game: the renewed domestic response to labour abuses in China, Sean Cooney. Conclusion: Experiments in globalising justice: emergent lessons and future trajectories, Kate Macdonald and Shelley Marshall