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Confucianism, the Rise of Worker Activism and Labour Law in China


Shen, W and Price, Rohan, Confucianism, the Rise of Worker Activism and Labour Law in China, China: An International Journal, 12, (3) pp. 115-135. ISSN 0219-7472 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1353/chn.2014.0025


The recent outbreak of strikes at foreign-invested enterprises (FIEs) in some Chinese coastal cities brought China and its labour law into the spotlight and raised questions about the future of China’s workforce and labour protection. The core question seems to surround the inherent conflict between, on the one hand, the Party-state’s priority to maintain social stability and "harmony", and on the other, the growing demands at the grassroots level by China’s workers struggling for better conditions and treatment amid China’s economic growth. This article attempts to take a positive approach in its analysis of the increasing worker activism in China by referring to Confucianism and Chinese labour law.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Commercial law
Research Field:Labour law
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in law and legal studies
UTAS Author:Price, Rohan (Mr Rohan Price)
ID Code:97476
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Faculty of Law
Deposited On:2014-12-18
Last Modified:2015-05-05

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