Changing Labour Regulations and Labour Standards in China: Retrospect and Challenges

TitleChanging Labour Regulations and Labour Standards in China: Retrospect and Challenges
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsChan, Chris King- Chi, and Nadvi, Khalid
JournalInternational Labour Review
Volume153
Issue4
Pagination513 - 534
Date Published2014
KeywordsChina, corporate responsibility, labor policy, labor standards, working conditions
Abstract

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 “soft” vs “hard” 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.