I set out to contextualize Critical Theory within the academic discussion concerning the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) efficacy today, in what many scholars would call the age of neoliberalism. First I review the history of the ILO’s organizational development; then I survey mainstream “Liberal-Institutionalist” literature on the subjects of neoliberalism, the ILO, and the relationship between the two; lastly I survey relevant contributions to Critical political economy and political theory for a deeper understanding of neoliberalism and its implications for the ILO. I conclude that the conventional literature on neoliberalism’s relationship with ILO fails to see a crucial disconnect between the ILO’s institutional principles and the political-economic realities of the world today.


Simpson, Sid


Political Science


International Relations | Political Theory

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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