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Shades of authoritarianism and state–labour relations in China

Howell, Jude and Pringle, Tim (2019) Shades of authoritarianism and state–labour relations in China. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 57 (2). pp. 223-246. ISSN 0007-1080

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Identification Number: 10.1111/bjir.12436


Attempts to analyse authoritarianism in China tend towards a static focus on the state that is homogeneous across time. We argue for a more nuanced approach that captures the dynamism and contours of state–civil society relations, and state–labour relations, in particular, in authoritarian states. Taking state–labour relations as a bellweather, we conceptualize ‘shades of authoritarianism’ as a framework for better understanding the complexities and evolution of state–society relations in authoritarian states. We illustrate this through the case of China, distinguishing different shades of authoritarianism in the Hu-Wen era (2002–2012) and in the current regime of Xi Jinping.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: International Development
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2019 15:39
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 00:57

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