Can the Achievement of Rights be Measured Quantitatively?

  • W. R. Böhning


By which method is one to measure the achievement of basic rights in the world of work? Against which precise objective is one to place the measuring rod of indicators? Which kind of indicator should be used? Ideally, one should look for outcome indicators that reflect the reality of rights ‘on the ground’, that is, in the daily lives of individuals. Actual objectives to be assessed would include: do all workers in country X fully enjoy the freedom to organize and bargain? Is that country free from all forms of forced labour? Are its less-than-18-years-old employed or self-employed in activities that are harmful to health, safety or morals? Are certain groups discriminated when looking for work or when at work?


Collective Bargaining Human Development Index Child Labour Indicator System Union Density 
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    Kucera, 2002, and the Special Issue: Measuring Decent Work of the International Labour Review, Vol. 142, No. 2 (2003).Google Scholar

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