Rules without Rights
Land, Labor, and Private Authority in the Global Economy
Reviews and Awards
"This book provides a major contribution to analysis of the failure of private rules on sustainability and labour standards in global production networks. It provides a critical way forward through 're-centering' the state in the public and private governance of land and labour rights in a global economy." - Professor Stephanie Barrientos, Global Development Institute, University of Manchester.
"Bartley brings together factory workers and forests in China and Indonesia in an elegant comparative design that combines careful empirical grounding with analytical breadth and sophistication. Rules without Rights is a signal accomplishment and a significant step forward for the literature on the interaction of transnational governance and state regulation." - Peter Evans, Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley.
"In Rules without Rights: Land, Labor, and Private Authority in the Global Economy, Tim Bartley explores the role of private regulators, serving global consumers, in promoting forestry sustainability and labor standards in both China and Indonesia. The evidence is dark and disturbing. Private regulators are frequently misled by forest and factory managers who bluff, delay, and lie. In the end, private regulators often do little to promote sustainability or human rights, and are no more effective than national regulators who serve local masters. Rules without Rights establishes an ambitious new research agenda for students of modern, transnational, capitalism." - Frank Dobbin, Professor of Sociology, Harvard University.
"Corporate codes of conduct purport to transcend the wider political economy: insulating islands of better work, notwithstanding civil society crackdowns and countervailing incentives. Yet, such claims are misleading, Bartley demonstrates. Although brands ostensibly support freedom of association, many source from authoritarian countries, quashing the autonomous labour movements that mobilise for better pay, conditions and rights. Current sourcing practices thus incentivise repression. Enough of this pretence, insists Bartley. Buyers must become legally responsible for abuses in their supply chains. Extra-territorial liability would encourage more âpatient sourcingâ (longer-term contracts) in low- and middle-income countries with autonomous labour movements, rewarding good practice. Is this possible? Yes! - exclaims Bartley, highlighting an inspirational example from forestry." - Alice Evans is a Lecturer in the Social Science of Development at Kingâs College London.