Globalization, labor standards, and women's rights: dilemmas of collective (in)action in an interdependent world

  title={Globalization, labor standards, and women's rights: dilemmas of collective (in)action in an interdependent world},
  author={Naila Kabeer},
  journal={Feminist Economics},
  pages={3 - 35}
  • N. Kabeer
  • Published 1 March 2004
  • Economics
  • Feminist Economics
This paper challenges the idea that a “social clause” to enforce global labor standards through international trade agreements serves the interests of women export workers in poor countries. Drawing on fieldwork in Bangladesh and empirical studies, the author argues that exploitative as these jobs appear to Western reformers, for many women workers in the South they represent genuine opportunities. Clearly, these women would wish to better their working conditions; yet having no social safety… 
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