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Labour Laws and Global Trade

ISBN13: 9781841131603
ISBN: 1841131601
Published: March 2005
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £60.00
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The global economy poses major new questions for employment and social policy on an international scale. Governments worldwide face dilemmas; whether to liberalize trade and investment or opt for protectionism; and whether to create flexible or tightly regulated labour markets. These same questions are hotly debated within the World Trade Organization, the International Labour Organization, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, and also within regional blocs such as the European Union, NAFTA, MERCOSUR, APEC and SADC. For neo-liberals, as for old-style labour protectionists, the choices may appear to be relatively simple. But most Governments and policy makers are striving to achieve a balance between free trade and investment on the one hand and high employment and raised social standards on the other. This book, written by a leading authority on international labour law, provides a thorough and comprehensive analysis of the complex policy and legal choices which face those wishing pursue a broadly social democratic response to the removal of barriers to trade and investment in a globalized market economy dominated by transnational corporations.

Employment Law
1. Does Transnational Labour Regulation Matter?
2. The Effectiveness of International Labour Standards.
3. Privatising Regulation: Codes,Agreements and Guidelines.
4. Unilateral Social Clauses.
5. Social Clauses in Bilateral and Regional Agreements.
6. The WTO and Social Clauses.
7. Labour Laws Beyond Borders.
8. Negative and Positive Harmonisation in the EU.
9. New Methods of Integration in the EU.
0. The Comparative Advantages of Labour Laws.