New books


Globalization and labor.

Democratizing global governance

Dimitris Stevis og Terry Boswell

Rowman & Littlefield Publishing 2007, 220 s. ISBN 074253784
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Unions have long been a central force in the democratization of national and global governance, and this timely book explores the role of labor in fighting for a more democratic and equitable world. In a clear and compelling narrative, Dimitris Stevis and Terry Boswell explore the past accomplishments and the formidable challenges still facing global union politics. Outlining the contradictions of globalization and global governance, they consider the implications for global union politics since its inception in the nineteenth century. The authors place this key social movement in a political economy framework as they argue that social movements can be fruitfully compared based on their emphases on egalitarianism and internationalism. Applying these concepts to global union politics across time, the authors consider whether global union politics has become more active and more influential or has failed to rise to the challenge of global capitalism. All readers interested in global organizations, governance, and social movements will find this deeply informed work an essential resource.

-An ideal supplement for courses on international relations, international political economy, global governance, industrial relations and social movements

-Offers a timely, historically grounded critical analysis

-Provides an up-to-date history of global union organizations from their inception to the present

-Develops case studies of the International Labor Organization, the World Trade Organization, and the World Bank, focusing on union strategies to push for the inclusion of social and labor rights in the operations of these organizations as well as to develop broader global labor rules

-Presents case studies of International Framework Agreements between multinational corporations and unions aimed at promoting global social dialogue and social regulation

About the Authors
Dimitris Stevis is professor in the Department of Political Science at Colorado State University.

Terry Boswell (1955-2006) was professor in the Department of Sociology at Emory University.