‘The Future and Praxis of Decent Work’ Global Labour Journal Vol. 6, No. 2 (2015)
This Special Issue was inspired by an event that I proposed to hold and then co-organised with Christoph Scherrer, Charles Dannreuther and Christian Möllmann at the University of Kassel’s International Centre for Development and Decent Work (ICDD) on 13–14 February 2013. Fundingcame from various sources: the ICDD offered to fund and co-organise a large part of this event; further funding was awarded from the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action IS0 902 ‘Systemic Risk and the Financial Crisis’; the International Political Economy Group (IPEG), a research working group I convened for the British International Studies Association from 2011 to 2014. We invited and received contributions for a possible special issue at that time…
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where I look at the concept of ‘decency’, noting that it is not identical in meaning to ‘dignity’ and ask to what extent we can expect dignity at work given the acceleration of neoliberal pressures on workplaces? To begin this discussion I offer a history of the ILO to identify the nuanced changes to mandate, noting gradual professionalisation of the organisation and a shift from rights to principles.