Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
In Search of Civil SocietyMarket Reform and Social Change in Contemporary China$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Gordon White, Jude A. Howell, and Shang Xiaoyuan

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198289562

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198289562.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 15 August 2020

Chinese Trade Unions: The Road to Corporatism?

Chinese Trade Unions: The Road to Corporatism?

(p.39) 3 Chinese Trade Unions: The Road to Corporatism?
In Search of Civil Society

Gordon White

Jude Howell

Shang Xiaoyuan

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents evidence on the changing composition of the urban manual workforce in China, on the changing context of industrial relations at the enterprise level, on the attitudes of Chinese workers to the reforms, and the impact of the reforms on their perceived interests. It then examines the evolving role of the trade-union organization — ACFTU — within the new economic structure, enterprise system, and regulatory environment created during the reforms. The chapter aims to discover whether or to what extent official trade unionists have sought a new role for their organization. It investigates whether the organizational monopoly enjoyed by ACFTU has been threatened by the rise of alternative worker organizations and whether this prospect has strengthened the hand of those inside or outside its ranks who seek to redefine the organization's role in the context of an increasingly diversified and commercialized economy.

Keywords:   manual workforce, China, industrial relations, enterprise system, trade-union organization, ACFTU, commercialized economy, organizational monopoly, worker organizations

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .