Labour geography and the state: exploring labour’s role in working against, with, and through the state to improve labour standards

Thomas Hastings*, Andrew Herod

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Abstract

State labour inspection has been relatively underresearched in economic and labour geography, despite its prospective role in tackling worker exploitation as part of national state regulatory strategies. This paper seeks to address this gap by critically examining state labour inspection as a government function capable of upholding labour standards within and across economic space. A key contribution of the paper is to make stronger connections between workers’ spatial strategies and their ability to shape how labour inspection and standards enforcement is carried out. Focusing upon the UK and Ireland, we examine different ways in which some labour-friendly groups have sought to contest but also to support state labour inspection efforts with a view to protecting workers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-79
Number of pages21
JournalEnvironment and Planning A
Volume56
Issue number1
Early online date03 Jul 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2024

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by the Worldwide University Network (WUN Research Mobility Programme), University of Sheffield, International Labour Organisation.

Publisher Copyright:
© The Author(s) 2023.

Keywords

  • Agency
  • hidden work
  • labour geography
  • labour inspection
  • state regulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)

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