Free Trade Agreements, Global Production Networks and South Korea's Automotive Labour Regime

The Centre for Work, Organisation and Society (CWOS) warmly invites you to join guest speaker Professor Liam Campling from the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary University London as he discusses his work on labour regimes in trade-based economic integration.

  • Wed 24 Feb 21

    12:00 - 13:00

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  • Event speaker

    Professor Liam Campling, School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University London

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars
    Centre for Work, Organisation and Society (CWOS) Research Seminar Series

  • Event organiser

    Essex Business School

  • Contact details

    Dr Sophie Hales

This presentation aims to consider what a labour regime analysis brings to an understanding of trade-based economic integration and the geographical expansion of global production networks facilitated by free trade agreements (FTAs).

Seminar abstract

This presentation draws upon empirical research looking at the European Union free trade agreement with South Korea to explore the consequences for labour regimes of deeper integration of a lead sector (automotives) into global production networks and trade relationships.

To do so, this study deploys a framework for understanding the multi-scalar and nested nature of labour regimes.

Ranging from the politics of production in the workplace, to local labour control regimes, to national frameworks for labour regulation

and how these impact, and in turn are impacted by, integration into global production network configuration which are deepened via the commercial and regulatory regimes of FTAs.


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Speaker bio

Liam Campling is Professor of International Business and Development at the School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University London.

He is a political economist working in two connected research areas;

  1. Global production, natural resource industries and labour regimes
  2. international trade policy, its negotiation and relationship to global production, including environmental and labour standards.

He recently co-authored two book Capitalism and the Sea (Verso, 2021) and Free Trade Agreement and Global Labour Governance (Routledge. 2021); and is an editor of the Journal of Agrarian Change.

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