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Alice Evans @_alice_evans
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I'm very troubled by our obsession with "interventions".

Eg in my field (workers' rights in global supply chains), there is much more attention to the Bangladesh Accord (a Western multi-stakeholder initiative), than organised labour in Bangladesh, or MNCs' corporate impunity.
If u search for research & policy responses to Rana Plaza (killed >1000 garment workers), u'll get blinkered & trapped by tunnel vision preoccupation with our intervention.

Neglecting how we might get our own houses in order, & labour organising/ regulatory capture in Bangladesh
This breeds group-think:

We get boxed into the narrative that we reduce labour repression by interventions "over there"

Even when we consistently find they don't work,
We infer we just need to tinker with the template,

Rather than pursue a radically different response.
If we learn from 🌎political economy, we see:

US buyers continued to source from Bangladesh, & few signed the Accord/ Alliance - John Ahlquist & @thwillow
laynamosley.web.unc.edu/files/2018/04/…

Buyers squeezed prices - Anner
ler.la.psu.edu/gwr/documents/…

-> incentivising contind labour repression
Sanchita Banerjee Saxena & @shakyanepal are spot on:

Fixating on interventions in poor places distracts us from the driver of labour repression in low-end supply chains

Buyers scouring the world for low prices, with total impunity for human rights abuses
epw.in/journal/2018/1…
MNCs don't just outsource production; they outsource morality

"It means they do not directly become responsible for any failure, injustice, or corruption that occurs due to their involvement in a global supply chain"

- Rashedur Chowdhury

journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.11…
So why does neoliberal deregulation persist?
How do MNCs get away with it?

Chowdhury points the finger at elite NGOs, legitimising the Accord
journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.11…

(echoes @GLeBaron & @AndreasRuhmkorf's analysis of how UK NGOs legitimised a weak Modern Slavery Act)
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