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Document ID (ISN)108557
CIS number 08-1017
ISSN - Serial title 0020-7780 - International Labour Review - Revue internationale du Travail - Revista internacional del trabajo
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Piore M.J., Schrank A.
Title Towards managed flexibility: The revival of labour inspection in the Latin world
Original title Le renouveau de l'inspection du travail dans le monde latin [in French]
Gestión de la flexibilidad e inspección del trabajo en el mundo latino [in Spanish]
Bibliographic information 2008, Vol.147, No.1, p.1-23. 32 ref.
Abstract Examining the role of labour inspection in the context of the revival of labour market regulation, this article distinguishes between the Latin model, where inspectors have authority to tailor enforcement to firms' exigencies, and the less flexible United States approach. The Latin model can reconcile regulation with economic flexibility and transform inspectors into the shock troops of a campaign for decent work. But its vulnerability to arbitrary behaviour on their part needs to be addressed through management of organizational cultures, exposure and systematization of the tacit knowledge underpinning inspectors' judgments and research into the relationship between labour standards and business practices.
Descriptors (primary) ILO; labour inspection; role of government
Descriptors (secondary) USA; Spain; comparative study; France; Latin America
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Generalities
Broad subject area(s) General safety, health and conditions of work
Browse category(ies) Labour inspection