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“Harmonious Society” in Action - Tools the Chinese Communist Party is Using to Mitigate Socio-economic Tensions, Christina Chen

USCI postdoctoral fellow Christina Chen examines how China’s government has responded to workers’ demands for higher wages and better working conditions.

December 9, 2011
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Christina Chen examines how China’s government has responded to workers’ demands for higher wages and better working conditions. Increased tensions have caused the government to empower the previously feeble official trade union to become more active promoter of workers’ interests. At the local level, the empowered labor unions act as fire-alarms by inducing labor bureaucracies to increase their enforcement efforts with respect to labor laws and regulation. This is one method by which the authoritarian government seeks to maintain power. Chen’s work is informed by provincial-level data from the 1990s to today as well as interviews with officials in a number of locations.

Click here to view Derek Liu's presentation on "Harmonious Society" in Action.
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