The Role of Labour Standards in Development: Theory in Practice

Paperback | December 24, 2011

EditorTonia Novitz, David Mangan

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This edited collection examines the multi-faceted ways in which labour standards can play a role in the achievement of development. A variety of critical perspectives are presented here, with contributions from a number of different disciplines, including law, politics, and economics. The bookbegins by considering potential theoretical connections between work and development, acknowledging controversy over how the latter should be approached, interpreted and rendered 'sustainable'. The remainder of the collection is devoted to an analysis of the part that protection of labour standardscan play in developmental terms, with reference to concrete issues: anti-discrimination, child labour, trade relations, and social dialogue. The book concludes with a final chapter, reflecting on how theory has been and could be put into practice. The theme that transcends all the contributions to this collection is that of human agency. The authors are not merely interested in the realisation of an individual person's 'functioning' in society (which development will assist), but also with the ways that people can be engaged in the veryprocess of defining what development aims should and can be. They do not wish to see economic, social and environmental development objectives as being determined by technical experts and implemented according to their prescriptions. Rather, they consider development in procedural as well assubstantive terms, and in participatory as well as material terms.

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This edited collection examines the multi-faceted ways in which labour standards can play a role in the achievement of development. A variety of critical perspectives are presented here, with contributions from a number of different disciplines, including law, politics, and economics. The bookbegins by considering potential theoretical...

Professor Tonia Novitz first studied law in New Zealand and qualified there as a Barrister and Solicitor, specialising in employment law and civil litigation. She then studied at Balliol College, Oxford, where she was awarded the BCL and completed her doctorate. She has been a visiting fellow at the International Institute for Labour ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:December 24, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0197264913

ISBN - 13:9780197264911

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Table of Contents

Tonia Novitz and David Mangan: IntroductionPart I: Theoretical Connections between Work and DevelopmentBob Hepple: Comparative institutional advantage in the context of developmentBrian Langille: Human freedom and human capital; re-imagining labour law for developmentPart II: Addressing social exclusion and discriminationJudy Fudge: Gender, equality and capabilitiesJacqui True: Problems of gender, violence, development and labourMark Bell: Promoting social inclusion through anti-discrimination lawPart III: Child poverty and child labour as an obstruction to developmentSonia Bhalotra: Understanding the economics of child labourSurya Deva: Child labour: What "responsibility" might entail for "responsive" corporationsPart IV: Development through trade and/or aid?Beate Sjafjell: The very basis of our existence: labour and the neglected environmental dimension of sustainable developmentAdelle Blackett: Development, the movement of persons, and labour law: trade and aid vs. reasonable labour market accessPart V: Achieving development through social dialogue, corporate social responsibility and other participatory strategiesCharlotte Villiers: Corporate Social Responsibility and Participatory Labour LawsDavid Tajgman: How social dialogue and CSR have met up with traditional international supervision in realizing FPRWTonia Novitz: Big trade unions and big business: how might international framework agreements promote sustainable development at a local level?Rolph van der Hoeven: Afterword