Making Bricks Without Straw: The Creation of a Transnational Labour Regime

24 Pages Posted: 31 Aug 2012

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Harry W. Arthurs

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

Date Written: June 30, 2012

Abstract

This essay suggest that attempts to create a transnational regime of labour regulation have been frustrated by a series of related and mutually reinforcing developments: the incapacity or unwillingness of states to intervene in labour markets; changes in those markets associated with globalization and post-industrial capitalism; the decline of the “standard employment contract”; the demise of working class consciousness, solidarity and power; and the shift from “hard” to “soft” labour law. It concludes with a proposal for three-part strategy of reinventing labour law in the new dispensation: by enlarging its intellectual ambition; expanding its clientele; and extending its spatial reach.

Suggested Citation

Arthurs, Harry W., Making Bricks Without Straw: The Creation of a Transnational Labour Regime (June 30, 2012). Osgoode CLPE Research Paper No. 28/2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2139204 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2139204

Harry W. Arthurs (Contact Author)

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School ( email )

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada

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