Title

A Panel Study of the Effects of World Labor Regime Integration on World Environmental Regime Integration in the 20th Century

Presenter Information

Grant Clifton

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC 137A

Start Date

21-5-2015

End Date

21-5-2015

Keywords

Global, Labor, Environment

Abstract

The concept of the regime is often used at the international level to describe sets of rules and norms that are expected to be followed by actors (e.g., nations, corporations, etc.). Two supported world regimes, the world labor regime and world environmental regime, center around policies concerning global labor conditions and global environmental degradation, respectively. Much research examines the formation of these regimes and the effects of regime integration at the national level; however, it is not yet known whether integration in the world labor regime at the national level influences integration in the world environmental regime. Understanding patterns of integration within these regimes can be significant in understanding how countries, particularly developing countries, prioritize both labor and environmental issues. Our main research question is: “Does integration in the world labor regime predict integration in the world environmental regime?” We measure countries’ world labor regime integration (WLRI) using ratifications of international labor conventions and environmental regime integration (WERI) using ratifications of international environmental treaties. Our dataset covers the period between 1919 and 2012. We use regression methods that correct for temporal and spatial dependence in the data. Our regression analyses measure the effects of WLRI on WERI, net of controls for country-level economic and social development, and global trade. Our pending results will demonstrate whether there are any linkages between the two regimes, and whether both regimes are simultaneously sustainable by integrated members.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Michael Mulcahy, Dominic Klyve

Department/Program

Anthropology & Museum Studies

Additional Mentoring Department

Sociology

Additional Mentoring Department

Math

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A Panel Study of the Effects of World Labor Regime Integration on World Environmental Regime Integration in the 20th Century

SURC 137A

The concept of the regime is often used at the international level to describe sets of rules and norms that are expected to be followed by actors (e.g., nations, corporations, etc.). Two supported world regimes, the world labor regime and world environmental regime, center around policies concerning global labor conditions and global environmental degradation, respectively. Much research examines the formation of these regimes and the effects of regime integration at the national level; however, it is not yet known whether integration in the world labor regime at the national level influences integration in the world environmental regime. Understanding patterns of integration within these regimes can be significant in understanding how countries, particularly developing countries, prioritize both labor and environmental issues. Our main research question is: “Does integration in the world labor regime predict integration in the world environmental regime?” We measure countries’ world labor regime integration (WLRI) using ratifications of international labor conventions and environmental regime integration (WERI) using ratifications of international environmental treaties. Our dataset covers the period between 1919 and 2012. We use regression methods that correct for temporal and spatial dependence in the data. Our regression analyses measure the effects of WLRI on WERI, net of controls for country-level economic and social development, and global trade. Our pending results will demonstrate whether there are any linkages between the two regimes, and whether both regimes are simultaneously sustainable by integrated members.