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Uneven development, uneven response: the relentless search for meaningful regulation of GVCs

Morris, Jonathan ORCID:, Jenkins, Jean ORCID: and Donaghey, Jimmy 2021. Uneven development, uneven response: the relentless search for meaningful regulation of GVCs. British Journal of Industrial Relations 59 (1) , pp. 3-24. 10.1111/bjir.12573

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The regulation of employment in global value chains (GVCs) is a story of the interaction of corporation and state in transnational space, where uneven international development has allowed the commodification and exploitation of international labour. Global standards are well articulated by bodies such as the International Labour Organization (ILO) and UN. We know what ‘decent work’ should look like as well as what all workers should enjoy as basic employment and human rights. Yet, internationally, the different mechanisms of private and public regulation fail at the point of implementation and across the world we see no fundamental shift in the condition of labour in terms of its capacity for social or economic upgrading. This article examines the regulatory mechanisms, and outcomes of regulation, of industrial relations in GVCs. It commends a future research agenda to illuminate the interaction between different sources of standards and rules and the complexities of intersecting private and public regulation, in the pursuit of enforceable, meaningful regulation of work and employment in international supply chains.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Additional Information: This article is published in - Special Issue: Global Value Chains and their Employment Relations Consequences. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution‐NonCommercial‐NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non‐commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0007-1080
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 24 October 2020
Date of Acceptance: 8 October 2020
Last Modified: 06 May 2023 00:59

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