Offshoring and the Internationalization of Employment: A Challenge for a Fair Globalization?

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Peter Auer, Geneviève Besse, Dominique Méda
International Labour Organization, 2006 - Business & Economics - 253 pages
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Are job losses and the degradation of working conditions in the developed world due to globalization and the offshoring of jobs? Contrary to popular beliefs and fears, most economic analysis evaluating the long-term and global implications of the internationalization of employment does not support this view. Yet for workers who have been displaced, a positive global impact does not remove their immediate loss. This study discusses a paradox: globalization may have enhanced the overall well-being of those countries that have participated, and reduced poverty worldwide, but it looks more and more like a monster that devours jobs, as there are few mechanisms to compensate those that have suffered. The book analyzes trends and patterns in the internationalization of employment, looks at losers and winners, and proposes new policies of compensation.

 

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Contents

Globalization and employment
17
Globalization and its impact on jobs and wages
37
Service jobs on the move offshore outsourcing of business related services
57
some observations on US China
73
Using active and passive employment policies to accompany
89
The internationalization of employment and the debate about offshoring
113
sop or silver lining?
135
The role of international labour standards for governing
163
The role of labour law for industrial restructuring
179
List of Participants
201
Notes on the FranceILO dialogue on the social dimension
227
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Peter Auer is chief of employment analysis and research in the Employment Strategy Department of the ILO. Genevieve Besse is responsible for international projects for the Research and Statistical Information Directorate (DARES) of the French Ministry for Employment and Solidarity. Dominique Meda is head of the research unit of DARES.

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