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Industrial Relations in China

Bill Taylor, Associate Professor, Department of Public and Social Administration, City University of Hong Kong, Kai Chang, Professor, Faculty of Labour and Human Resource Management, People’s University, Beijing, China and Qi Li, formerly Associate Professor, Faculty of Labour Economics, Capital University of Economics and Business, Beijing, China
This enlightening book provides the first systematic introduction to, and exploration of, the emerging system of industrial relations in China, and draws on the authors’ extensive research and direct involvement in the developments taking place. The authors argue that there are both unifying and fragmenting elements to the ongoing development of industrial relations, but overall it is one in which the state continues to maintain a major, and direct, influence. Divisions between workers and managers may be escalating with increased open conflicts, but this book reveals that the picture is far more complex and contradictory than to assume that the solution is convergence with western style industrial relations systems. They conclude that industrial relations institutions and processes still act within a political context and with the guiding hand of the Chinese Communist party.
Extent: 288 pp
Hardback Price: $136.00 Web: $122.40
Publication Date: 2004
ISBN: 978 1 84064 578 1
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This enlightening book provides the first systematic introduction to, and exploration of, the emerging system of industrial relations in China, and draws on the authors’ extensive research and direct involvement in the developments taking place. The authors argue that there are both unifying and fragmenting elements to the ongoing development of industrial relations, but overall it is one in which the state continues to maintain a major, and direct, influence. Divisions between workers and managers may be escalating with increased open conflicts, but this book reveals that the picture is far more complex and contradictory than to assume that the solution is convergence with western style industrial relations systems. They conclude that industrial relations institutions and processes still act within a political context and with the guiding hand of the Chinese Communist party.

Industrial Relations in China draws on up-to-date material and will ensure the book’s appeal to industrial relations and Chinese scholars. It will also appeal to a wider audience of Asian labour and development studies scholars.
‘The authors take a comprehensive approach to analyzing industrial relations in China, in the sense that this book covers the history of industrial relations, the actors in industrial relations, and the industrial relations processes in China. This book also provides detailed and systematic information about those topics. Thus, this book is a valuable volume for researchers, business persons, and lawyers who are interested in human resource management and industrial relations in China.’
– Shoichi Ito, Journal of Asian Business

‘. . . this book is valuable both for those who study China’s labor issues and industrial relations and for general readers interested in Chinese politics, economics and society in transition.’
– Yuchao Zhu, The China Journal

‘The admirable intellectual rigour of this volume leaves none of the authors’ assumptions unacknowledged or unexamined. . . The wide-ranging discussion of China’s possible futures in the concluding chapter deserves the widest possible audience among China scholars, as well as specialists in industrial relations, management or development.’
– Jackie Sheehan, British Journal of Industrial Relations

‘The three authors have written the best and most comprehensive book on China’s industrial relations to date. . . the richness of the evidence and analysis regarding China’s labour laws and the institutional framework of Chinese industrial relations is reason enough to purchase and read this book.’
– Anita Chan, The Journal of Industrial Relations
Contents: 1. Introduction Part I: Institutional Arrangements 2. The Role of Government 3. Enterprises and Managers 4. Workers 5. Trade Unions Part II: Industrial Relations Processes 6. Participation 7. Labour Conflict and Settlement 8. Collective Contract 9. Conclusion References Index