Western Policies on Child Labor Abroad

Ethics & International Affairs, Vol. 20, No. 2, pp. 193-218, 2006

Amsterdam Law School Research Paper No. 2016-52

General Subserie Research Paper No. 2016-07

27 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2012 Last revised: 20 Oct 2016

Roland Pierik

University of Amsterdam

Mijke Houwerzijl

Tilburg Law School; University of Groningen

Date Written: 2006

Abstract

Child labor evokes deep emotions and is cause for growing international concern. Most recent global estimates show that 186 million children are engaged in full time economic activity. This paper discusses the possibilities and pitfalls of Western policies that seek to curb child labor abroad. Since such policies aim to combat practices in other societies, policy-makers should be aware of the many relevant differences between developing and developed countries. We discuss three issues that are central to this debate: different conceptions of childhood and the dominance of the Western conception in these debates; the distinction between child work and child labor; and socioeconomic causes of child labor. We then evaluate the implications of these investigations for direct and indirect policy options against child labor abroad.

Keywords: Child labor, child work, globalization, childhood

Suggested Citation

Pierik, Roland and Houwerzijl, Mijke, Western Policies on Child Labor Abroad (2006). Ethics & International Affairs, Vol. 20, No. 2, pp. 193-218, 2006; Amsterdam Law School Research Paper No. 2016-52; General Subserie Research Paper No. 2016-07. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2033303

Roland Pierik (Contact Author)

University of Amsterdam ( email )

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Amsterdam, 1012 CN
Netherlands

HOME PAGE: http://www.rolandpierik.nl/theory

Mijke Houwerzijl

Tilburg Law School

Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

University of Groningen

P.O. Box 800
9700 AH Groningen
Netherlands

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