Get 20M+ Full-Text Papers For Less Than $1.50/day. Start a 14-Day Trial for You or Your Team.

Learn More →

Lessons for Effective Governance: An Examination of the Better Work Program

Lessons for Effective Governance: An Examination of the Better Work Program Global Governance 24 (2018), 139–157 Lessons for Effective Governance: An Examination of the Better Work Program Paul Alois Recent decades have seen a proliferation of global multistakeholder ini- tiatives that address “problems without passports,” but the effectiveness of these initiatives is debatable. This article discusses Better Work, an ini- tiative that improves labor standards in the garment industry. It provides an overview of the program and discusses five lessons from Better Work that can be applied to other initiatives. These are: cooperation can be more effective than coercion; training complements the application of incentives; local ownership is critical for global initiatives; international organizations can anchor initiatives to prevent capture by powerful stakeholders; and multinational corporations can be responsible part- ners, but should not play a leading role. KEYWORDS: economics, interna- tional organizations, labor standards, corporate social responsibility. IT HAS BECOME CLICHÉ TO SAY THAT GLOBAL INSTITUTIONS ARE INCAPABLE OF tackling global problems—a pessimism that is not entirely unwarranted. “Problems without passports,” such as genocide, climate change, terrorism, and financial shenanigans, have all made a mockery of the international institutions that are supposed to address them. But alongside this long list of failures, there are reasons to be optimistic. In http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

Lessons for Effective Governance: An Examination of the Better Work Program

Loading next page...
 
/lp/brill/lessons-for-effective-governance-an-examination-of-the-better-work-0j8iJk0LFs
Publisher
Brill
Copyright
Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1075-2846
eISSN
1942-6720
DOI
10.1163/19426720-02401009
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

Abstract

Global Governance 24 (2018), 139–157 Lessons for Effective Governance: An Examination of the Better Work Program Paul Alois Recent decades have seen a proliferation of global multistakeholder ini- tiatives that address “problems without passports,” but the effectiveness of these initiatives is debatable. This article discusses Better Work, an ini- tiative that improves labor standards in the garment industry. It provides an overview of the program and discusses five lessons from Better Work that can be applied to other initiatives. These are: cooperation can be more effective than coercion; training complements the application of incentives; local ownership is critical for global initiatives; international organizations can anchor initiatives to prevent capture by powerful stakeholders; and multinational corporations can be responsible part- ners, but should not play a leading role. KEYWORDS: economics, interna- tional organizations, labor standards, corporate social responsibility. IT HAS BECOME CLICHÉ TO SAY THAT GLOBAL INSTITUTIONS ARE INCAPABLE OF tackling global problems—a pessimism that is not entirely unwarranted. “Problems without passports,” such as genocide, climate change, terrorism, and financial shenanigans, have all made a mockery of the international institutions that are supposed to address them. But alongside this long list of failures, there are reasons to be optimistic. In

Journal

Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 19, 2018

There are no references for this article.