External Governance, Convention Ratification And Monitoring: The EU, The ILO And Labour Standards In EU Accession Countries

TitleExternal Governance, Convention Ratification And Monitoring: The EU, The ILO And Labour Standards In EU Accession Countries
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsKahn-Nisser, Sara
JournalEuropean Journal of Industrial Relations
Volume20
Issue4
Pagination383 - 398
Date Published2014///
KeywordsCentral Europe, Eastern Europe, EU, European Union, external governance, ILO, International Labor Organization, labor rights, labor standards, labor standards monitoring
Abstract

This article presents an empirical analysis of the factors associated with trends in labour standards, in EU accession countries, using a new dataset of labour rights. It focuses on ratification of the ILO’s fundamental conventions, EU monitoring and ILO monitoring. It describes the similarities and differences between the two monitoring schemes and evaluates their roles in shaping labour rights. Generalized estimating equation analysis shows that EU monitoring is positively associated with improved labour rights while ILO monitoring is not. The results further indicate that ratification of ILO fundamental Conventions is positively associated with labour rights protection. The article returns to the notion of external governance to suggest possible explanations for these findings.