The WTO and Labour and Employment

The WTO and Labour and Employment

Hardback Critical Perspectives on the Global Trading System and the Wto

Edited by Drusilla K. Brown, Edited by Robert M. Stern

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  • Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 672 pages
  • Dimensions: 169mm x 244mm x 57mm | 1,293g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Cheltenham
  • ISBN 10: 1843763532
  • ISBN 13: 9781843763536

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The steady progress of global economic integration and trade-policy liberalization facilitated by the GATT and WTO over the past half-century has been accompanied by persistent warnings of the consequences for wages, employment and working conditions. Indeed, over the last decade, labor interests in the west have sought to slow the pace of international trade negotiations, seeking some protections in the WTO Charter itself and in individual trade agreements. The central focus of this collection is to provide the reader access to the seminal papers analyzing the accommodation of labor interests within the WTO. This comprehensive volume establishes an understanding of the interaction between global goods, capital and labor markets and the national government institutions that regulate their function. In selecting papers for this volume, the editors have identified the most important contributions to the debate. It includes 19 articles, dating from 1996 to 2006.

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"'This volume focuses on two key public concerns related to globalization. Does the freer international flow of goods, services and capital worsen working conditions for social groups most deserving of economic protection such as child labor and low-wage workers generally? Does introducing mandatory labor standards in international trade agreements improve the economic welfare of these groups? Brown and Stern have brought together an outstanding set of readings that inform these issues at both the analytical and empirical levels. Their volume will be a standard reference not only for formal courses covering international economic matters but for individuals interested in becoming knowledgeable about one of the most important international economic policy issues of our times.' - Robert Baldwin, University of Wisconsin, US"