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Labor unrest and incipient collective bargaining in China

Kuruvilla, Sarosh and Zhang, Hao (2016) Labor unrest and incipient collective bargaining in China. Management and Organization Review, 12 (1). pp. 159-187. ISSN 1740-8776

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Identification Number: 10.1017/mor.2016.2


In this paper, we argue that both labor unrest and collective bargaining are increasing in China. Using McAdam’s political process theory, we argue that Chinese workers are striking more and offensively in support of their economic demands. We identify the state’s interests in promoting collective bargaining, and through an analysis of union and employers organizations, attempt to predict the future trajectory of collective bargaining in China. Using new data about strikes, we confirm our argument that strikes in China are increasing. Based on very limited past and current research, we create a taxonomy of baseline collective bargaining in China against which future developments can be compared.

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Additional Information: © 2016 The International Association for Chinese Management Research
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2016 13:10
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 02:14

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