Labor control regimes and worker resistance in global supply chains

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This article seeks to examine two inter-related dynamics, the relationship between the international dispersion of apparel production and labor control regimes, and the relationship between labor control regimes and patterns of worker resistance. The article argues that where apparel production has concentrated in the last decade has as much to do with labor control regimes as with wages and other economic factors. It suggests that there are three main labor control regimes in the sector: state control, market despotism, and employer repression. The article then argues that these systems of labor control are conducive to three patterns of worker resistance: wildcat strikes, international accords, and cross-border campaigns. The article explores these arguments by examining examples of apparel global supply chains in Vietnam, Bangladesh, and Honduras.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)292-307
Number of pages16
JournalLabor History
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 27 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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