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Self-Regulation and Labour Standards

An Exemplary Study Investigating the Emergence and Strengthening of Self-Regulation Regimes in the Apparel Industry

by Carolin Zeller (Author)
©2012 Thesis 261 Pages

Summary

The question of how to deal with powerful transnational corporations has entered the national and international political agenda. The last years have seen a strong academic interest in business ethics and corporate social responsibility (CSR). This study offers some insights into the question under which circumstances collective global self-regulation regimes emerge and gain strength. It investigates the rationales and incentives driving corporate decision-making resulting in collective self-regulation regimes in the apparel industry. The work is based on a theoretical discussion of rational choice approaches and expert interviews. The research suggests that public pressure can convincingly explain the emergence of CSR policies in general and self-regulation regimes in particular. Moreover, the emergence and proliferation of collective self-regulation regimes has been influenced by the role of governmental regulation in the early 1990s and has been stagnating in the last years. This development can be convincingly explained by the changed dynamic of public pressure and by the lower perceived threat of governmental regulation.

Details

Pages
261
Year
2012
ISBN (PDF)
9783653013313
ISBN (Hardcover)
9783631624333
DOI
10.3726/978-3-653-01331-3
Language
English
Publication date
2012 (April)
Keywords
Bekleidungsindustrie Global Compact Social Accountability International OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises Selbstregulierung
Published
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2012. 261 pp., 13 tables, 7 graphs

Biographical notes

Carolin Zeller (Author)

Carolin Zeller studied Political Science, Economics and Public Law at the University of Bonn and at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences. She graduated from the University of Essex with a Master in International Relations. She has conducted research in the emergence and strengthening of self-regulation regimes in the apparel industry and earned her doctoral degree from the University of Potsdam. She has worked as lecturer and scientific assistant in Potsdam, Erfurt and Berlin.

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