Decent work in global production networks: Framing the policy debate

Stephanie Barrientos, Frederick Mayer, John Pickles, Anne Posthuma

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Introducing this Special Feature of the International Labour Review on "Decent work in global production networks" (GPNs), this article reviews the research challenges posed by GPNs, which are changing the structure of trade, production and employment in today's globalized economy. The authors define the concepts of social and economic upgrading/downgrading that are used in the following contributions to investigate the effects of GPNs. They conclude with a discussion of the initiatives that governments and non-state actors have taken to address the "global governance deficit" and consequent decent work deficits that have emerged with the expansion of GPNs. The authors 2011 Journal compilation © International Labour Organization 2011.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-317
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Labour Review
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011


  • Developed countries
  • Developing countries
  • Employment
  • Industrial production
  • Outsourcing
  • Production networks
  • Role of ILO
  • Trade
  • Value chains

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global Development Institute


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