Interorganizational relations for slavery mitigation in Brazil

Start date
Thursday, 8 June 2017, 13:00
End date
Thursday, 8 June 2017, 14:00
Room 4.01

Research in Progress Seminar by Paulo Paganini, Getulio Vargas Foundation - Brazil

The aim of this seminar is to present aspects of interorganisational relations for slavery mitigation in Brazil, based on empirical and theoretical discussion. Such aspects can be pointed out in three levels – micro, meso and macro, that encompass social action, structural elements and the recursive relation between all levels. In terms of context, slave labour in Brazil has been tackled through legal apparatus, public policies and governmental actions, NGO initiatives, and private sector efforts. Within the context, there have been basically two types of efforts in Brazil: on one hand, there is a network concerned with the mitigation itself through legitimate mechanisms, while, on the other hand, another network has been trying to change the broad and useful concept of modern slavery in Brazil and boycott institutional mechanisms for combating slavery in Brazil in order to hide the problem behind an institutional apparatus. Because of these diametrically opposed efforts, there has been a field of struggles that encompasses all the players involved in both networks, which creates a gap to discuss interorganizational relations for slavery mitigation in Brazil. Aiming to discuss these relations, I have been investigating a specific institute in Brazil that tries to connect players from the private sector and the third sector in order to promote best practices along productive chains, advocate vis-à-vis the government for the creation of new useful mechanisms for the whole private sector, and connect different actors from the three sectors (private, public and third) and ILO in order to reach a common agenda among players who are able to fight against slavery in Brazil through government, market and NGO initiatives. Based on the support of preliminary findings and the theoretical framework, I present some initial discussions about structural equivalence, conveners and boundary spanners in the micro-level, legitimacy and institutional ambiguity in the macro-level, and the link between these elements, all of them situated in the complex context mentioned above.


Publication date: 22 May 2017