Worker Rights and Global Trade: The U.S.-Cambodia Bilateral Textile Trade Agreement

TitleWorker Rights and Global Trade: The U.S.-Cambodia Bilateral Textile Trade Agreement
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsAbrami, R.
PublisherHarvard Business Publishing
CityBoston
Keywordsglobal trade, globalization, international trade agreements, labor standards, workers’ rights
Abstract

Examines the political and economic dimensions of the campaign to improve workers' rights around the world through the inclusion of labor standards in international trade agreements. The U.S.-Cambodia Textile Trade Agreement was the first agreement of its kind to link increased access to U.S. markets to improved working conditions in an exporting country. Some argue that labor standards are becoming a new form of protectionism. Others see them as necessary to preserve open markets and fair trade. How this debate is resolved will undoubtedly have great implications for investors in developing countries and ultimately for the economic development of the poorer countries themselves. (publisher's statement)