Changing labour regulations and labour standards in China: Retrospect and challenges

Chris King-Chi Chan, Khalid Nadvi

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China'€™s global economic strength is underpinned by its manufacturing prowess, predicated on a disciplined, skilled but relatively low-paid workforce. Hence the State's recent regulatory initiatives to improve employment conditions in response to growing labour unrest. In their introductory article, the coordinators of this special issue of the International Labour Review contextualize the contributions that follow by reviewing the broader debates on labour regulation in global production,€“ particularly on '€œsoft'€� vs 'œhard'€� regulation,€“ and the changes that have occurred in China'€™s labour markets, labour regulations, labour standards and labour relations over the past decade. They conclude with suggestions for further research.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Labour Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2014

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