Global labour-standards advocacy by European civil society organizations : trends and developments
Title: Global labour-standards advocacy by European civil society organizations : trends and developments
Citation: British journal of industrial relations, 2015, Vol. 53, No. 2, pp. 204-230
Series/Number: [Global Governance Programme]; [European, Transnational and Global Governance]
In recent years, developments in intergovernmental organizations and transnational private governance organizations have created new opportunities and constraints for the promotion of global labour-standards governance by civil society organizations (CSOs). This article describes how European CSOs (including trade union organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs)) respond to these developments. It argues that European civil society is witnessing a threefold shift in priorities of labour-standards advocacy: from pushing regulatory approaches to organizational capacity building; from corporate responsibility strategies focused on compliance to strategies focused on transparency; and from fair labour standards within the sustainable development agenda to a host of other issues. The overall result is that labour-standards advocacy in general and private labour governance in particular are receiving less attention from European CSOs.
Published online: 5 March 2013
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