Aligning Rights and Incentives
Chapter 10: Conclusion
AbstractChapter 10 presents our conclusions and uses our analytical framework as well as the case studies presented in Chapters 6, 7, 8, and 9 to draw conclusions about how labor rights can be protected and improved. Chapter 10 argues that doing business and upholding labor rights are fundamentally political processes. The conclusion to our book points out that while advocates of improved labor standards may share a common purpose and, in that sense, interest, the distinctive interests of the members of a potential coalition may cause them to founder on the shoals of the collective action problem. Overcoming these internal obstacles requires political entrepreneurship and the establishment, itself a political act, of common beliefs about the best way to act in the given situation. Promoters of change must turn protest into a political resource. When they do, improved labor standards can result.
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