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Theorising the relationship between social law and markets in regional integration projects

Ashiagbor, Diamond (2018) Theorising the relationship between social law and markets in regional integration projects. Social & Legal Studies, 27 (4). pp. 435-455. ISSN 0964-6639. E-ISSN 1461-7390. (doi:10.1177/0964663918754373) (KAR id:71283)


This article explores regional integration projects in the global South and constraints upon them. Its focus is on the use of economic sociology of law as a methodological approach through which to rethink the relationship between law, markets and state – and to explore how these interact in the context of one regionalisation project (the European Union) as well as interrogating whether economic sociology can similarly cast light on another regionalisation project (the African Union). The article examines the role of the ‘social state’ and of labour market institutions as part of an array of adjustment mechanisms responding to the liberalisation of trade and the opening of national borders: to what extent can social law and social rights mediate the operation of markets, and what does this mean when viewed from the perspective of developing as well as industrialised countries?

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0964663918754373
Uncontrolled keywords: Regional integration, labour markets, economic sociology of law
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Sian Robertson
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2018 11:11 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 15:26 UTC
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