Embedding Trade Liberalization in Social Policy: Lessons from the European Union?

32 Pages Posted: 12 Aug 2011

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Diamond Ashiagbor

University of London - Institute of Advanced Legal Studies; University of Kent, Kent Law School

Date Written: August 11, 2011

Abstract

This paper explores the disjunctures in the rhetoric and policy of the European Union (EU) Member States and EU institutions on labour standards, trade and development. Such disjunctures arise from the fact that the EU is seeking to foreground the social dimension of market integration – within the EU and globally – whilst simultaneously promoting an accelerated pace of trade liberalization, with the likely effect of undermining realization of that social dimension on the global level. The paper draws insights from the experience of EU integration, examining the extent to which such 'social regionalism' – the social law and labour market institutions developed in response to EU trade liberalization – might be transferable to other regions or trading blocs, given the backdrop of the limited policy space available to developing countries to promote their own equivalents to trade adjustment mechanisms of the sort which have existed within the EU.

Suggested Citation

Ashiagbor, Diamond and Ashiagbor, Diamond, Embedding Trade Liberalization in Social Policy: Lessons from the European Union? (August 11, 2011). Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal, Vol. 32, No. 2, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1908433

Diamond Ashiagbor (Contact Author)

University of Kent, Kent Law School ( email )

Eliot College
University of Kent
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United Kingdom

University of London - Institute of Advanced Legal Studies ( email )

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