Labour Inspection in Contemporary China: Like the Anglo-Saxon Model, But Different

TitleLabour Inspection in Contemporary China: Like the Anglo-Saxon Model, But Different
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsZhuang, Wenjia, and Ngok, Kinglun
JournalInternational Labour Review
Volume153
Issue4
Pagination561 - 585
Date Published2014
KeywordsChina, institutional framework, labor inspection
Abstract

The authors examine the lack of enforcement of China's increasing body of labor legislation, showing how, since the 1980s, the country's labor inspection system has evolved into a system resembling the Anglo-Saxon model – characterized by fragmentation and reactive regulatory practices – but with highly selective and non-coercive state enforcement. This “hybrid” labor inspection model stems from the combination of neoliberal reforms with the Leninist legacy of the authoritarian regime. More effective enforcement of labor law would, the authors suggest, require greater tripartite cooperation and social dialogue in the regulatory process, and the involvement of an independently organized industrial labor force.