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Complements or Substitutes? Private Codes, State Regulation and the Improvement of Labor Standards in Global Supply Chains


Richard M. Locke


Brown University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Political Science

Ben A. Rissing


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Behavioral Policy Science (BPS)

Timea Pal


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Political Science

February 1, 2012

MIT Political Science Department Research Paper No. 2012-2

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Recent research on regulation and governance suggests that a mixture of public and private interventions is necessary to improve working conditions and environmental standards within global supply chains. Yet, less attention has been directed to how these (potentially) complementary forms of regulation might interact together. The form of these interactions are investigated through a contextualized comparison of suppliers producing for Hewlett Packard, one the world’s leading global electronics firms. Using a unique dataset describing Hewlett Packard’s supplier audits over time, coupled with qualitative fieldwork at a matched pair of suppliers in Mexico and the Czech Republic, this study shows how private and public regulation can interact in different ways – sometimes as complements; other times as substitutes – depending upon both the national contexts and the specific issues being addressed. The paper closes with a discussion of the theoretical implications of these findings.

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Date posted: March 1, 2012 ; Last revised: July 12, 2012

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Locke, Richard M. and Rissing, Ben A. and Pal, Timea, Complements or Substitutes? Private Codes, State Regulation and the Improvement of Labor Standards in Global Supply Chains (February 1, 2012). MIT Political Science Department Research Paper No. 2012-2. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2013473 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2013473

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Richard M. Locke (Contact Author)
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Political Science ( email )
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Ben A. Rissing
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Behavioral Policy Science (BPS) ( email )
Cambridge, MA
United States
Timea Pal
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Political Science ( email )
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
United States

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