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The Role of Labour Standards in Development: From theory to sustainable practice?

Tonia Novitz and David Mangan


This book examines the multi-faceted ways in which labour standards can play a role in the achievement of development. A variety of critical perspectives are presented here, with contributions from a number of different disciplines, including law, politics, and economics. The book begins by considering potential theoretical connections between work and development, acknowledging controversy over how the latter should be approached, interpreted, and rendered ‘sustainable’. The remainder of the collection is devoted to an analysis of the part that protection of labour standards can play in devel ... More

Keywords: labour standards, anti-discrimination, child labour, trade relations, social dialogue, human agency, development, law, politics, economics

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780197264911
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264911.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tonia Novitz, editor
Professor of Labour Law, University of Bristol

David Mangan, editor
Lecturer in the Law of Obligations, University of Leicester

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Part I Theoretical connections between work and development

Part II Addressing social exclusion and discrimination

Part III Child poverty and child labour as an obstruction to development

7 Child labour*

Surya Deva

Part IV Development through trade and/or aid?

Part V Achieving development through social dialogue, corporate social responsibility and other participatory strategies

An afterword*

Rolph Van Der Hoeven

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