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Foundations for longevity: the ILO, New Zealand and the strategies of autonomy, relevance and presence

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Stephen Hughes



In 2019 the International Labour Organisation will celebrate its Centenary, establishing it as one of the oldest international organisations. In this paper, we argue that important insights into this longevity can be provided by an examination of the activities of the early Directors-General of the ILO and the introduction of three principal strategies – autonomy, presence and relevance. Through the case study of New Zealand, we demonstrate how these strategies provided the wherewithal for ILO survival during the inter-war years and established the foundation for its longevity.

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Author(s): Hughes S, Haworth N

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Labor History

Year: 2013

Volume: 54

Issue: 3

Pages: 286-300

Print publication date: 07/06/2013

Online publication date: 07/06/2013

Date deposited: 09/07/2013

ISSN (print): 0023-656X

ISSN (electronic): 1469-9702

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/0023656X.2013.804272


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