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Racing to the bottom: International trade without a social clause

Chan, Anita; Ross, Robert


Linking trade concessions to compliance with internationally recognised labour standards is referred to as a 'social clause'. The social clause is usually depicted as causing division between the (rich) global North and the less-industrialised global South. This article shows, however, that there is diversity of opinion among the labour movements of the global South and that contemporary labour-intensive manufacturing pits countries of the South against one another. The article raises the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article
Source: Third World Quarterly
DOI: 10.1080/01436590310001630044


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