Accountability begins at home: the living wage movement in the United States

Abstract

This chapter deals with mobilisations around the right to a living wage in the United States. This implies a form of accountability politics that is at once global and local, public and private. The outcomes of the living wage movement demonstrate that accountability cannot be assumed, but must be fought for by stakeholders, through a variety of means. This case study highlights the importance of accountability processes and the contested relationship between rights and standards, and provides an exploration of the relationship between the rights of capital and the rights of labour.

Owing to copyright restrictions, only the first 3 pages are attached, together with a link to the book at Zed Books.

Citation

Luce, S. Accountability begins at home: the living wage movement in the United States. In: Rights, Resources and the Politics of Accountability.. Zed Books, London, (2006) ISBN 9781842775547

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