Research series


  1. IILS Research series 119

    Harnessing global forces to create decent work in Cambodia

    The present study analyses one of the most comprehensive and promising attempts to promote compliance with labour standards through trade arrangements. In this case, positive incentives to comply with labour standards offered under the Bilateral Textile Agreement between the United States and Cambodia were combined with responsibility by the ILO for monitoring of compliance.


  1. IILS Research series 117

    The promise and perils of participatory policy making

    This volume addresses an emerging stream of research on the combined benefits of participatory decision-making and deliberation. We refer to it as “deliberative public administration” (DPA). 1 This literature is both advocatory and empirical. Its main goal is to promote a rejuvenation of democratic institutions and progressive politics by favouring direct civil society involvement in public policy-making.

  2. IILS Research series 116

    Governance, International Law & Corporate Social Responsibility

    On 3 and 4 July 2006 the International Institute for Labour Studies at the International Labour Organization held a conference on “Governance, International Law and Corporate Social Responsibility”. The first aim of this fairly complex exercise was to define the sometimes rather blurred concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the process of globalization, examining the position – real and potential – of international law in an area where the usual approach is highly voluntarist. The very expression “CSR” is controversial in its use of the term “social” or “societal” to describe the subjects covered.

  3. IILS Research series 115

    Pursuing decent work goals: Priorities for research

    An organization like the ILO, which works on a diverse set of issues throughout the world, has enormous needs for information and understanding. The credibility of its policy advice and advocacy depends on the quality of its analysis of social relationships, problems and policies, and the accuracy of the information on which it is based.


  1. IILS Research series 114

    In the wake of the crisis: Argentina’s new economic and labour policy directions and their impact

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) has been concerned with the social consequences of economic processes since its inception. It was created as part of the Treaty of Versailles, which in 1919 marked the end of the First World War, in the spirit that universal and lasting peace could only be achieved on the basis of social justice or, in other words, a decent life for people.


  1. IILS Research series 112

    Civil Society, Participatory Governance and Decent Work Objectives: The case of South Africa

    The last few years have seen the emergence and proliferation of participatory forms of policy-making in many countries. Increasingly, a variety of social groups, both the social partners and other civil society organisations, are being involved in the design and implementation of public policy at various levels