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International Labor Standards and Domestic Labor Advocates: Unions, Labor Reform, and Workers' Rights in Latin America

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As consensus on the importance of labor rights and standards begins to emerge in the international arena, the situation for workers in many developing countries continues to deteriorate. This raises a question that has often been overlooked in current debates on international labor standards in the global economy: How can international labor rights and standards be effectively promoted in countries that lack strong domestic labor rights advocates? Most discussion of international labor rights focuses on the construction of legal norms and instruments to promote labor rights but ignores the importance of domestic agents for implementing and defending these rights on the ground. It is often assumed that the existence of a core set of international labor rights can be leveraged by domestic agents to improve or protect national standards, without considering whether domestic advocates, principally trade unions, possess the capacity or will to do so.

This paper looks at the role of international pressure and union strength in assessing the extent to which labor movements have promoted or effectively defended labor rights during periods of widespread labor law reform in Latin America in the 1990s. The paper concludes with the implications of these Latin American developments for the contemporary debate on effective promotion of international labor standards.

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Cook, Maria. "International Labor Standards and Domestic Labor Advocates: Unions, Labor Reform, and Workers' Rights in Latin America" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, Town & Country Resort and Convention Center, San Diego, California, USA, Mar 22, 2006 <Not Available>. 2013-12-17 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p100172_index.html>

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Cook, M. L. , 2006-03-22 "International Labor Standards and Domestic Labor Advocates: Unions, Labor Reform, and Workers' Rights in Latin America" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, Town & Country Resort and Convention Center, San Diego, California, USA Online <PDF>. 2013-12-17 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p100172_index.html

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Abstract: As consensus on the importance of labor rights and standards begins to emerge in the international arena, the situation for workers in many developing countries continues to deteriorate. This raises a question that has often been overlooked in current debates on international labor standards in the global economy: How can international labor rights and standards be effectively promoted in countries that lack strong domestic labor rights advocates? Most discussion of international labor rights focuses on the construction of legal norms and instruments to promote labor rights but ignores the importance of domestic agents for implementing and defending these rights on the ground. It is often assumed that the existence of a core set of international labor rights can be leveraged by domestic agents to improve or protect national standards, without considering whether domestic advocates, principally trade unions, possess the capacity or will to do so.

This paper looks at the role of international pressure and union strength in assessing the extent to which labor movements have promoted or effectively defended labor rights during periods of widespread labor law reform in Latin America in the 1990s. The paper concludes with the implications of these Latin American developments for the contemporary debate on effective promotion of international labor standards.

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INTERNATIONAL LABOR STANDARDS AND DOMESTIC LABOR ADVOCATES: UNIONS LABOR REFORM AND WORKERS' RIGHTS IN LATIN AMERICA Maria Lorena Cook MLC13@cornell.edu New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations Cornell University Presented at International Studies Association Meetings San Diego California March 22-25 2006 International Labor Standards and Domestic Labor Advocates “The failure to implement fundamental rights is especially widespread in the region” --ILO Globalization and Decent Work in the Americas 2002. INTRODUCTION International labor rights and standards have become
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