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"Why 'non-efficiency enhancing' labor-side agreements?: global governance and labor markets: the EU, NAFTA, and the ILO"

Gitterman, Daniel P. (2001) "Why 'non-efficiency enhancing' labor-side agreements?: global governance and labor markets: the EU, NAFTA, and the ILO". In: UNSPECIFIED, Madison, Wisconsin. (Unpublished)

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    This paper offers an explanation of why governments agree to labor side-agreements and how the delegation or transfer of regulatory authority varies across two regional agreements-the European Union (EU/Social Protocol), North America (NAFTA/NAALC), and the international system (ILO/WTO). I argue that nations agree to a social dimension or a labor side-agreement because cooperation presents a solution to domestic political problems in advanced industrialized nations. My argument is that governments must seek ways to maximize the economic efficiency gains from free trade and to minimize domestic political opposition. Thus, they strategically delegate or transfer limited authority to an alternative institution in an effort to respond to domestic differences within countries and managed the anticipated distributional conflict between nations, accepting one set of rules in one agreement and another set of rules in the others.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: NAFTA.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Other international institutions > GATT/WTO
    Other international institutions > ILO
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > employment/labour market > labour/labor
    EU policies and themes > External relations > globalisation/globalization
    EU policies and themes > External relations > international trade
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2001 (7th), May 31-June 2, 2001
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2007
    Page Range: p. 42
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:21

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