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Experimentation and decentralization in China's labor relations

Friedman, Eli and Kuruvilla, Sarosh (2015) Experimentation and decentralization in China's labor relations. Human Relations, 68 (2). 181 - 195. ISSN 0018-7267

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0018726714552087


In this introduction to the special issue ‘Changing work, labour and employment relations in China’, we argue that China is taking an experimental and decentralized approach to the development of new labor relations frameworks. Particular political constraints in China prevent interest aggregation among workers, as the central state sees this as posing a risk to social stability. Firms and local governments have been given a degree of space to experiment with different arrangements, as long as the categorical ban on independent unions is not violated. The consequence has been an increasingly differentiated labor relations landscape, with significant variation by region and sector. We note some countervailing tendencies towards re-centralization, but emphasize that this phenomenon remains largely confined to the municipal level. The five articles in this special issue address different aspects of both experimentation and decentralization in labor relations.

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Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2016 16:09
Last Modified: 29 May 2024 04:00

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