Law and Fair Work in China

Law and Fair Work in China, S Cooney, S Biddulph and Y Zhu, Routledge, 2013

U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 627

Posted: 27 Feb 2013

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Sean Cooney

University of Melbourne - Law School

Sarah Biddulph

University of Melbourne - Law School

Ying Zhu

University of South Australia

Date Written: February 26, 2013

Abstract

China’s economic reforms have brought the country both major international clout and widespread domestic prosperity. At the same time, the reforms have led to significant social upheaval, particularly manifest in labour relations. Each year, several thousand disputes break out over working conditions, many of them violent, and the Chinese state has responded with both legal and political strategies.

This book investigates how Chinese governments have used law, and other forms of regulation, to govern working conditions and combat labour disputes. Starting from the early years of the Republican period, the book traces the evolution of the law of work in modern China right up to the reforms of the present day. It considers the structure of Chinese work law, drawing on both Chinese and Western scholarship to provide new insights into its unique features and assess where the law is innovative and where it is stagnant and unresponsive. The authors explore the various legal and extra-legal techniques successive Chinese governments have adopted to enforce work law and the responses of firms, workers and organizations to these practices.

Keywords: China, labour law, contract law

JEL Classification: K00, K31

Suggested Citation

Cooney, Sean and Biddulph, Sarah and Zhu, Ying, Law and Fair Work in China (February 26, 2013). Law and Fair Work in China, S Cooney, S Biddulph and Y Zhu, Routledge, 2013; U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 627. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2225537

Sean Cooney (Contact Author)

University of Melbourne - Law School ( email )

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Sarah Biddulph

University of Melbourne - Law School ( email )

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Victoria, Victoria 3010
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Ying Zhu

University of South Australia ( email )

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ADELAIDE, South Australia 5001
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