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Critical Legal Perspectives on Global Governance. Oxford, UK: Hart Publishing, 2014.


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.


This is a draft paper, not the final published version, and should not be cited. Cite the final published version, which can be found on the Bloomsbury site.

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