This book answers the question of how to maintain effective labour regulation as the market for labour moves towards globalization. This issue is addressed from legal, economic, social and cultural perspectives. The authors consider the effects of free trade and investment, with and without labour standards, on employment, competitiveness, wages and working conditions in the global economy. Deriving and analysing policy options, they seek ways in which principles of labour regulation can operate at an international level. The work concludes with a call for a rule-based global trading system in which core labour standards play a significant part.
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Part I THE EMERGING GLOBAL LABOUR MARKET; Chapter 1 THE EMERGING GLOBAL LABOUR MARKET; Chapter 2 THE NEW GLOBAL ASSEMBLY LINE; Chapter 3 REGULATING THE GLOBAL LABOUR MARKET; Part II INTERNATIONAL REGULATION OF GOODS, SERVICES AND LABOUR; Chapter 4 RATIONALES FOR LABOUR MARKET REGULATION; Chapter 5 CONVERGING OBJECTIVES; Part III FAIRNESS IN THE GLOBAL LABOUR MARKET; Chapter 6 STATIC ANALYSIS OF THE ROLE OF LABOUR STANDARDS IN NATIONAL COMPETITIVENESS; Chapter 7 DYNAMIC FACTORS AFFECTING THE ROLE OF LABOUR STANDARDS IN NATIONAL COMPETITIVENESS; Chapter 8 CULTURAL RELATIVISM AND HUMAN RIGHTS; Part IV CONCLUSIONS; Chapter 9 TOWARDS A RULE-BASED GLOBAL LABOUR MARKET GLOSSARY; References Index;