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Towards Better Work

Understanding Labour in Apparel Global Value Chains

  • Arianna Rossi
  • Amy Luinstra
  • John Pickles

Part of the Advances in Labour Studies book series (AILS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Introduction

    1. Arianna Rossi, Amy Luinstra, John Pickles
      Pages 1-14
  3. Part I

  4. Part II

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 286-318

About this book


Globalization of production has created opportunities and challenges for developing country producers and workers. This volume provides solutions-oriented approaches for promoting improved working conditions and labour rights in the apparel industry.


assessment compliance Developing Countries globalization

Editors and affiliations

  • Arianna Rossi
    • 1
  • Amy Luinstra
    • 2
  • John Pickles
    • 3
  1. 1.University of ManchesterUK
  2. 2.IFC’s Sustainable Business Advisory departmentMongolia
  3. 3.Department of GeographyUniversity of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA

About the editors

Dennis Arnold, Maastricht University, the Netherlands Jennifer Bair, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA Thomas Bernhardt, New School for Social Research Resmi P. Bhaskaran, development economist Drusilla Brown, Tufts University, USA Upendranadh Choragudi, ActionAid International Rejeev Dehejia, New York University, USA Gary Gereffi, Duke University, USA Shane Godfrey, University of Cape Town, South Africa Stephanie Kuttner, Gender and Social Development Consultant Amy Luinstra, IFC's Sustainable Business Advisory department Frederick Mayer, Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy, USA Doug Miller, University of Northumbria, UK Dev Nathan, Duke University, USA Nicola Phillips, University of Sheffield, UK John Pickles, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA Kelly Pike, York University, Canada Leonhard Plank, Vienna University of Technology, Austria Richard Record, World Bank's Southeast Asia Poverty Reduction and Economic Management team Raymond Robertson, Macalester College, USA Arianna Rossi, ILO/IFC Better Work Programme Cornelia Staritz, Austrian Research Foundation for International Development (ÖFSE) Daniel Vaughan-Whitehead

Bibliographic information


“This book presents a timely contribution to ongoing debates on the nature of employment and working conditions within global export industries. It provides rich insights into the dynamics of labour and working conditions within the highly fragmented and internationally dispersed global apparel industry. … The book is organized into two main parts which skilfully balance theoretical perspectives with insightful empirical evidence.” (Roseline Wanjiru, Work, employment and society, Vol. 30 (2), May, 2016)