Producing decent work indicators: contested numbers at the ILO

Berten J (2022)
Policy and Society .

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Abstract / Bemerkung
The article investigates the production of decent work indicators within the ILO, to demonstrate that developing measurement infrastructures in global policymaking requires political work. The concept of decent work responds to the perceived marginalization of the ILO in social and labor policy and was supposed to provide a new unifying normative framework for the organization. The article shows that creating decent work indicators encountered challenges due to its highly politicized production process. Proponents of quantification (mostly workers' representatives) and opponents (mostly employers' representatives) disagreed about the function of indicators: should they be country-specific or allow for universal assessment of progress from above. In effect, although indicators of decent work have been integrated into the Sustainable Development Goals-mostly as part of goal no. 8, many are still incomplete. As a result, the indicators did not establish a "framework of assessment," which would have been guided by universal standards of progress allowing the ILO to "govern at a distance," and could not initiate a paradigmatic policy shift, impeding the infrastructuralization of measurement. Theoretically, the article advances our understanding of policy formulation and design on the transnational level by showing the political foundation of knowledge-based instruments. Empirically, it rests on a Grounded Theory-based analysis of key ILO documents, including Governing Body minutes, conference and expert meeting reports, and official publications, mainly from the period from 1998 to 2015.
Stichworte
decent work; epistemic infrastructure; indicators; International Labour; Organization; knowledge production
Erscheinungsjahr
2022
Zeitschriftentitel
Policy and Society
ISSN
1449-4035
eISSN
1839-3373
Page URI
https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2963001

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Berten J. Producing decent work indicators: contested numbers at the ILO. Policy and Society . 2022.
Berten, J. (2022). Producing decent work indicators: contested numbers at the ILO. Policy and Society . https://doi.org/10.1093/polsoc/puac017
Berten, J. (2022). Producing decent work indicators: contested numbers at the ILO. Policy and Society .
Berten, J., 2022. Producing decent work indicators: contested numbers at the ILO. Policy and Society .
J. Berten, “Producing decent work indicators: contested numbers at the ILO”, Policy and Society , 2022.
Berten, J.: Producing decent work indicators: contested numbers at the ILO. Policy and Society . (2022).
Berten, John. “Producing decent work indicators: contested numbers at the ILO”. Policy and Society (2022).

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