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The European Union in International Affairs

US and EU External Labor Governance

Workers’ Rights Promotion in Trade Agreements and in Practice

Authors: Oehri, Myriam

  • Provides a complete picture of the different modes of US and EU external governance in this field
  • Opts for a novel perspective in applying the “EU external governance” approach to how the EU and the US promote labor provisions in other countries
  • Draws on a qualitative comparative case study design which contrasts US and EU policies and practices in Mexico, Morocco, and the Dominican Republic
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About this book

This book provides a timely and in-depth analysis of how two major trade powers, the United States of America (US) and the European Union (EU), contribute to a socio-political dimension of globalization. Myriam Oehri documents US and EU labor standards promotion in Mexico, Morocco, and the Dominican Republic, drawing on an analysis of bilateral and regional trade agreements (NAALC, US-Morocco FTA, CAFTA-DR, EU-Mexico GA, EU-Morocco AA, and EU-CARIFORUM EPA) as well as extensive field research. The case studies reveal that for the advancement of labor norms, both punitive enforcement and cooperative engagement mechanisms are established in relevant agreements. In practice, the latter are more comprehensively used than the former, irrespective of diverse power relations between the US and the EU on the one hand and the three partner states on the other. The book will be of interest to advanced students and scholars in the fields of EU and US studies, foreign, trade, and social policy, regional integration, and international labor studies. It will also be of relevance to practitioners active in the international promotion of labor standards.

About the authors

Myriam Oehri (PhD) is Lecturer at the Global Studies Institute and the Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of Geneva, Switzerland. During her doctoral studies at the University of Lucerne, she was a visiting fellow at the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School, Harvard University, and worked as external collaborator for the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Reviews

“Myriam Oehri’s new book combines innovative theory and impressive empirical research to shed light on the various ways that the EU and the USA use trade agreements to promote compliance with labour standards in other countries. It is essential reading for anyone interested in this increasingly important topic.” (Doctor Lorand Bartels, University of Cambridge, UK)

“This book provides a very comprehensive and in-depth analysis of labour rights provisions in EU and USA trade agreements. It is a timely and original contribution with many new empirical and theoretical insights. I strongly recommend it.” (Doctor Axel Marx, KU Leuven, Belgium)

Myriam Oehri cuts through the increasingly important debate on the functioning and effectiveness of labor right provisions in trade agreements and offers a qualitative analysis of what's happening on the ground. Her clear writing and crisp analysis will be required reading for both policymakers and scholars alike.” (Professor Susan Ariel Aaronson, George Washington University, USA)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction: International Promotion of Labor Standards

    Oehri, Myriam

    Pages 1-23

  • US External Labor Governance: Imposing Sanctions or Providing Assistance?

    Oehri, Myriam

    Pages 25-98

  • EU External Labor Governance: Pointing Fingers or Lending a Hand?

    Oehri, Myriam

    Pages 99-168

  • Working on Workers’ Rights: How the USA and the EU Govern Labor Standards Abroad

    Oehri, Myriam

    Pages 169-209

  • Conclusions

    Oehri, Myriam

    Pages 211-224

Buy this book

eBook £73.50
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-49301-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £92.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-49300-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
US and EU External Labor Governance
Book Subtitle
Workers’ Rights Promotion in Trade Agreements and in Practice
Authors
Series Title
The European Union in International Affairs
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-49301-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-49301-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-49300-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 249
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