International Labour Review

The International Labour Review (ILR) is a peer-reviewed multidisciplinary journal of international scope in labour and employment studies. Established in 1921 by decision of the ILO Governing Body, it is published quarterly in English, French and Spanish and administered by the ILO Research Department.

The ILR aims to advance academic research and inform policy debate and decision-making in all fields related to the world of work, such as economics, law, industrial relations, social policy, sociology and history, by publishing and bringing together the original thinking of academics and experts in those fields. It also features concise reports on current developments and reviews of recent major publications considered to be of particular interest to those working in these fields. Read more...

ILR centenary

The year 2021 marked the 100th anniversary of the ILR. To celebrate this milestone, the ILR launched various initiatives to highlight its history and multidisciplinary contributions to academic research and policy debate at the global level. These initiatives include an interactive timeline, exploring the people and events that have shaped the journal over the past 100 years, and the publication of a Centenary Collection. This is composed of a dedicated article revisiting the ILR’s history and guest-edited Centenary Issues examining recurring and enduring themes of past ILR articles. 

Centenary launch
A virtual event was organized on 12 July 2021 to mark the 100th anniversary of the International Labour Review (ILR). This showcased the history of the ILR and its contributions to academic research and policy debate on the world of work at the global level. It was also an occasion to present the various initiatives planned to celebrate this important anniversary.

Current issue

  1. Vol. 160 (2021), No. 4

    • Introduction: Disruptions in global value chains – Continuity or change for labour governance?, by Gary GEREFFI, Anne Caroline POSTHUMA and Arianna ROSSI
    • Disruption in the apparel industry? Automation, employment and reshoring, by Fernanda BÁRCIA DE MATTOS, Jeff EISENBRAUN, David KUCERA and Arianna ROSSI
    • Beyond “Industry 4.0”: B2B factory networks as an alternative path towards the digital transformation of manufacturing and work, by Florian BUTOLLO and Lea SCHNEIDEMESSER
    • South Korean first-tier suppliers in apparel global value chains: Upgrading and labour implications in the Asian context, by Hyunji KWON, Sun Wook CHUNG and Joonkoo LEE
    • Why is the business case for social compliance in global value chains unpersuasive? Rethinking costs, prices and profits, by Ana ANTOLIN, Laura BABBITT and Drusilla BROWN
    • From Rana Plaza to COVID-19: Deficiencies and opportunities for a new labour governance system in garment global supply chains, by Stephen J. FRENKEL and Elke S. SCHUESSLER
    • Three labour governance mechanisms for addressing decent work deficits in global value chains, by Mark ANNER
    • Ripe to be heard: Worker voice in the Fair Food Program, by Fabiola MIERES and Siobhán MCGRATH
    • Gender and COVID-19: Workers in global value chains, by Sheba TEJANI and Sakiko FUKUDA-PARR

The International Labour Review is a member of the International Association of Labour Law Journals.
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