Analysing transnational labour mobility regimes

Katharine Jones, Nicola Piper, Matt Withers

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Labour regime analysis is enjoying a resurgence as a way of (re-)centring workers at the heart of questions concerning the organisation of production and social reproduction in the global economy (Baglioni et al, 2022). Migrant labour, and specifically the regulation of migrant labour, is part and parcel of these dynamics yet is often left to the sidelines of labour process studies. Bringing together six papers presented at the 2023 International Labour Process Conference at Strathclyde University, this themed issue of Work in the Global Economy considers how our understandings of international labour migration and its regulation can be extended through a transnational labour mobility regime approach. The rationale is to bring together labour process approaches and theoretical insights from migration studies. These six contributions examine how transnational labour mobility within and from the majority world intersects with a variety of specific local labour control regimes (Jonas, 1996), collectively foregrounding how the bordering of capital-labour relations (within/ beyond the worksite/ state) informs workers’ individual and collective struggles for life and livelihoods.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-10
Number of pages9
JournalWork in the Global Economy
Issue number1
Early online date18 Mar 2024
Publication statusPublished - May 2024


  • migration
  • migration regime
  • labour governance
  • migrant workers
  • labour process
  • social reproduction


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