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International Labour Organization (ILO)

Coming in from the Cold, 1st Edition

By Steve Hughes, Nigel Haworth


124 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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The International Labour Organization (ILO) is broadening its agenda and carving out a role as a key player in global economic policy-making, and this volume provides a succinct and comprehensive guide to this important organization.


By charting the history and development of the ILO and examining its key functions and structure the authors offer a clear and detailed account of its work, and provide an important discussion of the current criticisms and debates that surround the organization. The work moves on to discuss the position that the ILO takes in our understanding of global governance and seeks to evaluate the impact of emerging issues such as the global economic crisis, and critically examines the future direction of the organization.


This fresh and accessible account of the International Labour Organization provides an excellent understanding of its purpose and structure and will be of interest to all students of international politics, international organizations and international political economy.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. A Brief History of the ILO 2. Structure and Organization of the ILO 3. The ILO and Globalization 4. The Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work: A New Approach to Labor Standards 5. The ILO and the WTO:The Tortuous Case of the Social Clause 6. Decent Work, Fair Globalization and Strategic Planning:Somavia's ILO 7. The ILO at Work in the 2007 Global Economic Crisis 8. Concluding Thoughts: Whither the ILO

About the Authors

Steve Hughes is Professor of International Organisations and Director of Accreditation Strategy at Newcastle University, UK.

Nigel Haworth is Professor of Human Resource Development at the University of Auckland Business School, New Zealand.

About the Series

Global Institutions

The "Global Institutions Series" is edited by Thomas G. Weiss (The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA) and Rorden Wilkinson (University of Sussex, UK).

The Series has two "streams" identified by their covers:

  • Blue covers offer comprehensive, accessible, and informative guides to the history, structure, and activities of key international organizations, and introductions to topics of key importance in contemporary global governance. Recognized experts use a similar structure to address the general purpose and rationale for specific organizations along with historical developments, membership, structure, decision-making procedures, key functions, and an annotated bibliography and guide to electronic sources.
  • Red covers consist of research monographs and edited collections that advance knowledge about one aspect of global governance; they reflect a wide variety of intellectual orientations, theoretical persuasions, and methodological approaches.

Together these streams provide a coherent and complementary portrait of the problems, prospects, and possibilities confronting global institutions today.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Communism & Socialism