Regulating the global labour market: the effectiveness of the ILO and the WTO
This chapter is divided into three sections. The first section examines the present structure of the ILO, including recent developments in defining core labour standards, and a determination of the ILO’s effectiveness. Section 3.2 considers the basic structure of the World Trade Organization, illustrating what is commonly asserted among those who want labour standards to be enforced by the WTO instead of the ILO-that the WTO in some circumstances does appear to be more effective in enforcing its mandate. Section 3.3 more specifically compares the two organizations, particularly in terms of their effectiveness, and concludes with some basic observations on linking these two bodies, and these are explored in greater depth in Chapters 4 and 5.