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13. Migration  

Stuart Rosewarne and Nicola Piper

This chapter explores the transition in the dominant policies and practices that have impelled the momentum in international migration as a defining feature of globalization. It begins with a brief survey of current policy priorities, before considering some dominant theories of migration. The securitization of national borders by many OECD governments has enabled the restriction of rights to migrate and privileged certain groups of migrants over others. Labour migration has come to be privileged over other forms of migration, but often involves temporary work visas and significant vulnerability for migrant workers. The global movement to protect migrants' labour rights has had generally limited impact, but with some notable successes and continued momentum. Ultimately, migration continues to be politically and socially contentious in many parts of the world, adding to the vulnerability of many migrant workers.


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Human Rights in International Law  

Rhona K. M. Smith

This chapter focuses on human rights within international law. It discusses the principal monitoring systems that ensured states complied with their international human rights treaty obligations. Some human rights agreements involved the abolition of slavery, humanitarian law, and labour rights. The chapter then lists treaties, customary international law, and soft law as the sources of international human rights law. States generally indicate their acceptance of international human rights law by agreeing to treaties, but they could avoid the full impact of legal obligations through reservations, derogations, and declarations. Thus, the existing mechanisms for monitoring human rights have a light touch that encouraged states to comply with treaties through constructive dialogue instead of any court processes.


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7. Production and business  

Kate Macdonald

This chapter addresses global production, which has powerful effects on the incomes, working conditions, and development opportunities of populations around the world. It is not surprising that the organization and regulation of global production have become one of the most contentious subjects of debate within the field of Global Political Economy (GPE). The chapter confronts several difficult questions linked to these debates. Who does the work of global production, and how has its organization changed over time? Who exercises power within evolving systems of global production, and what winners and losers do such arrangements produce? How is global production governed, and with what consequences for labour rights and the environment? In exploring these questions, analytical lenses drawn from a range of political economy perspectives help us to make sense of the complex economic and political forces through which the organization and governance of contemporary global production is shaped and contested.