Definition of a race to (or for) the bottom in English:

a race to (or for) the bottom

phrase

  • A situation characterized by a progressive lowering or deterioration of standards, especially (in a business context) as a result of the pressure of competition.

    ‘unsustainable tendering practices had created a race to the bottom among contractors’
    • ‘Merchants will end up competing with each other in a never-ending race to the bottom.’
    • ‘He argued it's part of politics' race to the bottom to appeal to a dumbed-down notion of middle Australia.’
    • ‘The consumer has lost, because in the race for the bottom, the consumer has no real choices.’
    • ‘Retailers are engaged in a race to the bottom where customers are doubly compromised.’
    • ‘Relentless cut-throat competition has driven nearly all retailers and fast-food chains into a race to the bottom.’
    • ‘We can't really compete in the race for the bottom, without our workers losing a lot.’
    • ‘Competitive means top-notch skillset, not a race to the bottom in wages.’
    • ‘With no incentive for self-regulation the result will always be a race to the bottom.’
    • ‘Their race to the bottom has resulted in the dirtiest per capita power generation in the country.’
    • ‘Mutual recognition could become a platform for a regulatory race to the bottom.’