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ILO Histories

Essays on the International Labour Organization and Its Impact on the World During the Twentieth Century

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Edited By Jasmien Van Daele, Magaly Rodriguez Garcia and Geert van Goethem

In 2009, the International Labour Organization (ILO) celebrated its ninetieth anniversary. The First World War and the revolutionary wave it provoked in Russia and elsewhere were powerful inspirations for the founding of the ILO. There was a growing understanding that social justice, in particular by improving labour conditions, was an essential precondition for universal peace. Since then, the ILO has seen successes and set-backs; it has been ridiculed and praised. Much has been written about the ILO; there are semi-official histories and some critical studies on the organization’s history have recently been published. Yet, further source-based critical and comprehensive analyses of the organization’s origins and development are still lacking. The present collection of eighteen essays is an attempt to change this unsatisfactory situation by complementing those histories that already exist, exploring new topics, and offering new perspectives. It is guided by the observation that the ILO’s history is not primarily about «elaborating beautiful texts and collecting impressive instruments for ratification» but about effecting «real change and more happiness in peoples’ lives».

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Notes on Contributors Victoria Basualdo () is Professor and Researcher at the Facultad Latino- americana de Ciencias Sociales in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Post-Doc- toral Fellow at the Argentine National Research Agency (8DC>8:I). She has published several articles and chapters on Argentine economic and labour history, and coordinated with Karina Forcinito the book Transfor- maciones recientes en la economía argentina. Tendencias y perspectivas (Buenos Aires, ). Thomas Cayet () is Associate Researcher at the Centre de Recherches Historiques (:=:HH, Paris). His publications include “Travailler à la marge: le Bureau International du Travail et lorganisation scientifique du travail (-)” (Le Mouvement Social, ). Jaci Leigh Eisenberg () is Ph.D. Candidate at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, where she is preparing her dissertation on the League of Nations and women. She is also a research assistant on the project “The JC=8G and the Globalization of Refugee Issues, -”. Idesbald Goddeeris () is Assistant Professor at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. He mainly works on migration history and cold war history and has recently published in Contemporary European History, Labour History Review and Acta Poloniae historica. >AD=>HIDG>:H Stephen Hughes () is Professor of International Organizations at the Newcastle University Business School, Newcastle University, United Kingdom. He has published widely on international institutions such as the International Labour Organization. Other publications include Coming in from the Cold (with Nigel Haworth, London, ); and Global Governance. Critical Perspectives (with Rorden Wilkinson, London, ). Sandrine Kott () is Professor of European Contemporary History at the University...

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