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An afterword*

Rolph Van Der Hoeven

in The Role of Labour Standards in Development

Published by British Academy

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780197264911
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754098 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264911.003.0014

Series: British Academy Original Paperbacks

An afterword*

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This chapter reviews the various contributions made to this volume and interventions offered at the conference held at the British Academy in May 2009. Reflecting on how theory has been and could be put into practice, it recognises that current trends towards globalisation and the recent economic crisis have forced us ‘to be cognisant of growing (and unsustainable) inequality between and within countries’. We now need to envisage policies to counter this and seize the opportunity to ensure participation in the debates which could shape such policies. A better realisation of labour standards could ‘play an important role in diminishing the social consequences of the crisis and in building a better socio-economic system to avoid or face future crises’, so that it is ultimately sustainable.

Keywords: globalisation; economic crisis; inequality; labour standards

Chapter.  2384 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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