Cover of International Labor Standards by Edited by Robert J. Flanagan and William B. Gould IV
International Labor Standards
Globalization, Trade, and Public Policy
Edited by Robert J. Flanagan and William B. Gould IV


288 pages.

Hardcover ISBN: 9780804746908


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In this age of globalization, countries and corporations are under increasing pressure to adopt and follow international labor standards. This book provides the most thorough empirical assessment to date of the impact of international regulation on labor standards and conditions, and critically analyzes the common race-to-the-bottom view that globalization and international competition can only further degrade labor standards.

The authors examine current standards and regulations, along with recent proposals to compel developing countries to adopt labor standards. They also consider other mechanisms for advancing labor conditions, such as lowering barriers to migration, increasing foreign aid, and encouraging more rapid economic growth. In addition, the book presents a complete description and appraisal of current voluntary corporate codes of conduct, and concludes with a detailed evaluation of the change in labor conditions in Mexico since the adoption of more open trade policies in 1986.

About the authors

Robert J. Flanagan is the Konosuke Matsushita Professor, Emeritus, of International Labor Economics and Policy Analysis at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford Univerisity. William B. Gould IV is the Charles A. Beardsley Professor, Emeritus, of Law at Stanford Law School and Former Chairman of the U.S. National Labor Relations Board.

"[Flanagan's] essay will become the gold standard in research on labour and trade."

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