Brief History of the Social Clause in Trade Policy

Paul Bairoch

in Trade and Jobs in Europe

Published in print August 1999 | ISBN: 9780198293606
Published online August 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601262 | DOI:
 Brief History of the Social Clause in Trade Policy

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A social clause is a clause that may be included in a customs tariff or other commercial instrument that specifies sanctions against the importation of goods from countries that do not enforce a minimum standard of working conditions. This chapter discusses the development of the social clause in trade policy. It covers reasons for the delayed concern for salary inequalities, appearance of a social element in modern tariff history, the position of working classes in the 19th century, the ILO and the social clause, and the interest given to social clauses from end of World War II till the present.

Keywords: social clause; sanctions; working conditions; imports; trade policy; international trade

Chapter.  5336 words. 

Subjects: Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics

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