El desarrollo del derecho social en el siglo XX se fundó en la idea de establecer mecanismos obligatorios que compensaran un desequilibrio sustancial entre el capital y el trabajo. Ante la potencia y fuerza del capital nació un conjunto de normas (convenios internacionales multilaterales y bilaterales, cartas sociales regionales, leyes y regulaciones nacionales) cuyo objetivo fue dotar al trabajo organizado de una fuerza tal que permitiera a empresarios y trabajadores negociar dentro de rangos amplios en un contexto de poderes equivalentes.
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At least 15 million people today are stateless, and millions more are threatened with national exclusion. The issue of statelessness thus demands urgent attention, as do works of history that shed light on the problem.
review two works of history tracing the evolution of the problem and the role of modern states in creating it.