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Title: The role of the state, labour policy and migrant workers' struggles in globalized China
Authors: Pun, N 
Chan, CKC
Chan, J 
Keywords: Economic globalization
Labour policy
Labour protests
Migrant workers
Post-socialist development
Issue Date: 2010
Source: Global labour journal, 2010, v. 1, no. 1, p. 132-151 How to cite?
Journal: Global labour journal 
Abstract: The financial crisis of 2008 brought many changes to the world economy with China seeming to stand out as one of the countries best able to weather the storm. There is a general belief that this is because China has a strong state which has reshaped the role of China in the new international division of labour and has the ability to resume its economic development internally. Our study of labour policy and workers’ struggles tells a different story. We argue that the state-driven process of economic globalization has created a new millions-strong working class in China. A paradoxical phenomenon is that this state-driven process in economic globalization has been accompanied by a state retreat process in the areas of social reproduction and social protection. This state withdrawal process largely shapes a specific pattern of proletarianization of Chinese labour and a specific capital-labour relationship which contribute to recent, and intensifying, migrant workers’ struggles in China.
Description: Special issue on globalization(s) and labour in China and India, guest edited by Paul Bowles and John Harriss
ISSN: 1918-6711
DOI: 10.15173/glj.v1i1.1068
Rights: This is an open access article distributed under the The Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivatives 4.0 International License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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