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Participation and recognition: the transforming of (un)employment in China

Lin, Chun (2000) Participation and recognition: the transforming of (un)employment in China. New Political Science, 22 (4). pp. 529-552. ISSN 0739-3148

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China's mounting unemployment in recent years is an unintended but predictable consequence of the economic reform with an open labor market. It has turned into a major political crisis in a "socialist state" where not only security but also sovereign dignity of labor remain central to the constitutional mandate and, however lingering, to popular expectation as well. This article traces the origins of the crisis, explores linkage between participation and recognition, explains mutual relevance of the EuroAmerican "future of work" debate and the Chinese experience, and argues for creative adaptation toward an alternative. It concludes with an observation that participatory activities beyond salaried jobs would require guaranteed social security; and only institutional innovations in public policy that enable democratic control by citizens over resources and management can forge a new social contract for overcoming unemployment.

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Additional Information: © 2000 Caucus for a New Political Science
Divisions: Government
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Sets: Departments > Government
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2008 11:50
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2021 01:56

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