Labor Conflicts in China: Typologies and Their Implications

Feng Chen, Mengxiao Tang

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Labor conflicts in China can be classified into three types: those over legal rights, over interests, and over the pre-reform entitlements. They have relatively distinguishable bases, claims, framing, and patterns of interaction with the government. The typological classification is useful for understanding the developmental trajectory of labor conflict in China.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)559-583
Number of pages25
JournalAsian Survey
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2013

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Sociology and Political Science

User-Defined Keywords

  • China
  • Interest-based conflict
  • Labor relations
  • Moral economy-based conflict
  • Rights-based conflict


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