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Legislating Harmony? Authoritarianism and the Rule of Law in China

University of Michigan's Mary Gallagher focuses on labor and law.

January 31, 2008 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Mary Gallagher is a professor of political science at the University of Michigan. She studies Chinese politics, law and society, and comparative politics. Professor Gallagher is currently working on two projects. The first, funded by a Fulbright Research Award and the National Science Foundation, examines the development of rule of law in China by examining the dynamics of legal mobilization of Chinese workers. “The Rule of Law in China: If They Build It, Who Will Come?” focuses on the demand-side of rule of law through an exploration of legal aid plaintiffs in Shanghai, a four-city household survey on legal knowledge, attitude, and practice, and in-depth case analysis of labor disputes. The second project examines labor standards and practices in four Chinese regions. One goal is to find if there are diffusion effects in legislation, court behavior, and labor practices across different regions. Another goal is to look for evidence of a “race to the bottom” in labor standards and social welfare not between China and other competing economies, but within China’s own domestic economy.

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