|Title||Labour Inspection in Contemporary China: Like the Anglo-Saxon Model, But Different|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2014|
|Authors||Zhuang, Wenjia, and Ngok, Kinglun|
|Journal||International Labour Review|
|Pagination||561 - 585|
|Keywords||China, institutional framework, labor inspection|
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.