Innovatively linking actual implementation to ratification of International Labour Office (ILO) Core Conventions, W. R. Bohning develops a new method and uses unexploited data from the ILO's supervisory system to rate the achievement of basic human rights in the world of work. Freedom of association, forced labour, child labour and discrimination are assessed singly and jointly with the help of seven indicators. Implementation is a growing problem in all four areas, most starkly for freedom of association and discrimination, in developing and developed regions alike. Conceived as a permanent system of ranking countries' performance, the book's methodology can be applied to any global or regional human rights regime subject to a system of supervision. It raises questions of governance and will appeal to social scientists interested in international relations or indicators and to the human or labour rights communities throughout the world.

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