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Rules without Rights – Land, Labor, and Private Authority in the Global Economy - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Rules without Rights: Land, Labor, and Private Authority in the Global Economy

Tim Bartley


Activists have exposed startling forms of labor exploitation and environmental degradation in global industries, leading many large retailers and brands to adopt standards for fairness and sustainability. This book is about the idea that transnational corporations can push these rules through their global supply chains, and in effect, pull factories, forests, and farms out of their local contexts and up to global best practices. For many scholars and practitioners, this kind of private regulation and global standard-setting can provide an alternative to regulation by territorially bound, gridl ... More

Keywords: globalization, transnationalism, private regulation, sustainability, corporate social responsibility, labor, environment, forests, Indonesia, China

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198794332
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198794332.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tim Bartley, author
Professor of Sociology, Washington University