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Prospects for Labour in Global Value Chains: Labour Standards in the Cut Flower and Banana Industries

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  • Lone Riisgaard
  • Nikolaus Hammer
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    Global value chain (GVC) governance is central to analyses of labour's strategic options. It frames the terrain on which labour campaigns and institutions — such as private social standards and international framework agreements — contribute to the social regulation of value chains. GVC concepts help to emphasize how power in the employment relationship transcends organizational boundaries, as well as how industrial power is shifting from the sphere of production to that of consumption. Based on extensive case studies of the banana and cut flower value chains, we explore the implications of GVC restructuring for the scope and form of labour rights strategies.

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    Article provided by London School of Economics in its journal British Journal of Industrial Relations.

    Volume (Year): 49 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 1 (March)
    Pages: 168-190

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    1. Rossi, Arianna, 2013. "Does Economic Upgrading Lead to Social Upgrading in Global Production Networks? Evidence from Morocco," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 46(C), pages 223-233.

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