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Gary Craig, Alex Balch, Hannah Lewis, and Louise Waite

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781447346791

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447346791.001.0001

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Modern slavery in global context: ending the political economy of forced labour and slavery

Modern slavery in global context: ending the political economy of forced labour and slavery

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(p.29) One Modern slavery in global context: ending the political economy of forced labour and slavery
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The Modern Slavery Agenda
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Aidan McQuade

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447346791.003.0002

This chapter begins by setting out the root causes of slavery, and demonstrating the fundamental role of the failure of the rule of law in enabling slavery to persist. It then sets out how particular failures in the rule of law give rise to four ‘peacetime’ political economies of slavery (i.e. state-sponsored slavery, state-tolerated slavery, state-facilitated slavery, state-muddled slavery). Where international mechanisms exist to uphold human rights standards, these political economies may be reformed somewhat. However, in addition, what is needed is a more fundamental reform of the nature of all political economies to establish processes to empower vulnerable individuals and groups and to uphold human rights standards. The chapter then sets out what forms these reforms must take to establish political economies with the potential to reduce slavery, if not eliminate it completely.

Keywords:   modern slavery, rule of law, political economy, reform, human rights

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