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International Labour Organization (ILO)
Coming in from the Cold

ISBN 9780415353830
Published December 21, 2010 by Routledge
144 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

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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.