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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.
Arthurs, Harry W., "Making Bricks Without Straw: The Creation of a Transnational Labour Regime" (2012). Comparative Research in Law & Political Economy. Research Paper No. 28/2012.