Aligning Rights and Incentives
Chapter 6: The United States in the struggle for labor standards
AbstractWhile US workers are generally better off than their counterparts in developing countries, the United States is a case of rollback of hard-won labor victories, rights, and protections. It is a reminder that changes in the balance of power and alignment of interests within and across clusters does not always signal improvements in labor rights; indeed, some changes have the opposite effect. Simultaneously, the United States is the location of some of the most forceful and successful instances of campaigns to raise labor standards in global supply chains elsewhere in the world. This chapter sets out to explain why the alignment of interests is so different and has such different consequences for labor rights in the United States and in developing countries.
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