State and Laid-Off Workers in Reform China: The Silence and Collective Action of the Retrenched

1st Edition

Yongshun Cai

Routledge
Published January 17, 2014
Reference - 208 Pages
ISBN 9780415651912 - CAT# Y143822
Series: Routledge Studies on China in Transition

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Summary

In the 1990s, the Chinese government launched an unprecedented reform of state enterprises, putting tens of millions of people out of work. This empirically rich study calls on comprehensive surveys and interviews, combining quantitative data with qualitative in its examination of the variation in workers' collective action. Cai investigates the difference in interests of and options available to workers that reduce their solidarity, as well as the obstacles that prevent their coordination. In addition, and perhaps more importantly, this book explores the Chinese Government’s policies and how their feedback shaped workers’ incentives and capacity of action.  

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