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Learning a lesson from Taiwan? A comparison of changes and continuity of labour policies in Taiwan and China

Lee, Chun-Yi

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Chun-Yi Lee



Abstract

This paper argues that the comparison of labour policies in Taiwan and China has an important bearing on the interaction between state and society. The fact that labour policies have changed over time illustrates a process of bargaining between the state and society. The core question of this paper is whether the development of labour policies in Taiwan can provide China a good example to learn from. In order to answer this question more systematically, the first part of this paper provides theoretical reviews of the state–society relationship, while the second part aims to verify whether those labour-favouring policies in Taiwan have changed under a different party’s governance. The third part of the paper further investigates labour policy in China; this section mainly focuses on the historical background to the new labour contract law. Based on the preceding two sections’ literature review of the changing path of labour policies, the fourth section scrutinises fundamental issues reflected in the development of Taiwan’s labour policies, then compares how those issues are reflected in the case of China. The conclusion of this paper is that although Taiwan, like China, formerly had a one-party system, the changes in Taiwan’s labour policies are not completely comparable to China, though both societies had some similarities.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 13, 2014
Journal Journal of Current Chinese Affairs
Print ISSN 1868-4874
Electronic ISSN 1868-1026
Publisher German Institute of Global and Area Studies / Leibniz-Institut für Globale und Regionale Studien
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 43
Issue 3
APA6 Citation Lee, C. (2014). Learning a lesson from Taiwan? A comparison of changes and continuity of labour policies in Taiwan and China. Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 43(3),
Keywords Taiwan, China, Labour Policies, State and Society
Publisher URL http://journals.sub.uni-hamburg.de/giga/jcca/article/view/768
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0

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