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A New Deal for Chinas Workers?

Cynthia Estlund



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  • 304 sidor
  • 2017
Chinas labor landscape is changing, and it is transforming the global economy in ways that we cannot afford to ignore. Once-silent workers have found their voice, organizing momentous protests, such as the 2010 Honda strikes, and demanding a better deal. Chinas leaders have responded not only with repression but with reforms. Are Chinas workers on the verge of a breakthrough in industrial relations and labor law reminiscent of the American New Deal? In A New Deal for Chinas Workers? Cynthia Estlund views this changing landscape through the comparative lens of Americas twentieth-century experience with industrial unrest. Chinas leaders hope to replicate the widely shared prosperity, political legitimacy, and stability that flowed from Americas New Deal, but they are irrevocably opposed to the independent trade unions and mass mobilization that were central to bringing it about. Estlund argues that the specter of an independent labor movement, seen as an existential threat to Chinas one-party regime, is both driving and constraining every facet of its response to restless workers. Chinas leaders draw on an increasingly sophisticated toolkit in their effort to contain worker activism. The result is a surprising mix of repression and concession, confrontation and cooptation, flaws and functionality, rigidity and pragmatism. If Chinas laborers achieve a New Deal, it will be a New Deal with Chinese characteristics, very unlike what workers in the West achieved in the last century. Estlunds sharp observations and crisp comparative analysis make Chinas labor unrest and reform legible to Western readers.
  • Författare: Cynthia Estlund
  • Format: Inbunden
  • ISBN: 9780674971394
  • Språk: Engelska
  • Antal sidor: 304
  • Utgivningsdatum: 2017-01-02
  • Förlag: Harvard University Press