Introduction: International Promotion of Labor Standards

  • Myriam Oehri
Part of the The European Union in International Affairs book series (EUIA)


The book’s introduction draws attention to the increasing trend of linking labor standards to trade policy. In order to systematically examine how the USA and the EU promote workers’ rights in trade agreements and in practice, Oehri offers an innovative theoretical framework, which is informed by the external governance literature. The suggested ideal types of external labor governance, comprising sanction-based enforcement mechanisms as well as cooperative dialog and assistance, enable to comparatively assess US and EU labor standards promotion in third states. In “International Promotion of Labor Standards” Oehri furthermore introduces the methodological approach consisting of a qualitative comparative case study design and highlights why Mexico, Morocco, and the Dominican Republic are target states highly promising for an assessment from an external labor governance perspective.


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