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From iron rice bowl to informalization: markets, workers, and the state in a changing China

Kuruvilla, Sarosh, Lee, Ching Kwan and Gallagher, Mary E., eds. (2011) From iron rice bowl to informalization: markets, workers, and the state in a changing China. Frank W. Pierce memorial lectureship and conference series. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, USA. ISBN 9780801450242

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In the thirty years since the opening of China's economy, China's economic growth has been nothing short of phenomenal. At the same time, however, its employment relations system has undergone a gradual but fundamental transformation from stable and permanent employment with good benefits (often called the iron rice bowl), to a system characterized by highly precarious employment with no benefits for about 40 percent of the population. Similar transitions have occurred in other countries, such as Korea, although perhaps not at such a rapid pace as in China. This shift echoes the move from "breadwinning" careers to contingent employment in the postindustrial United States. In From Iron Rice Bowl to Informalization, an interdisciplinary group of authors examines the nature, causes, and consequences of informal employment in China at a time of major changes in Chinese society. This book provides a guide to the evolving dynamics among workers, unions, NGOs, employers, and the state as they deal with the new landscape of insecure employment.

Item Type: Book
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Additional Information: © 2011 Cornell University
Divisions: Management
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2012 08:51
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 12:57

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