From Iron Rice Bowl to Informalization

This book provides a guide to the evolving dynamics among workers, unions, NGOs, employers, and the state as they deal with the new landscape of insecure employment.

From Iron Rice Bowl to Informalization

Author: Sarosh Kuruvilla

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801462932

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In the thirty years since the opening of China's economy, China's economic growth has been nothing short of phenomenal. At the same time, however, its employment relations system has undergone a gradual but fundamental transformation from stable and permanent employment with good benefits (often called the iron rice bowl), to a system characterized by highly precarious employment with no benefits for about 40 percent of the population. Similar transitions have occurred in other countries, such as Korea, although perhaps not at such a rapid pace as in China. This shift echoes the move from "breadwinning" careers to contingent employment in the postindustrial United States. In From Iron Rice Bowl to Informalization, an interdisciplinary group of authors examines the nature, causes, and consequences of informal employment in China at a time of major changes in Chinese society. This book provides a guide to the evolving dynamics among workers, unions, NGOs, employers, and the state as they deal with the new landscape of insecure employment.

Workers and the Global Informal Economy

(2011). Enterprise Reform and Wage Movements in Chinese Oil Fields and
Refineries. In M.E. Gallagher, Ching Kwan Lee, S. Kuruvilla (Eds), From Iron Rice
Bowl to Informalization. New York: Cornell University Press. Liu, Zhiqiang (2005).

Workers and the Global Informal Economy

Author: Supriya Routh

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317445244

Page: 240

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The global financial crisis and subsequent increase in social inequality has led in many cases to a redrawing of the boundaries between formal and informal work. This interdisciplinary volume explores the role of informal work in today’s global economy, presenting economic, legal, sociological, historical, anthropological, political and cultural perspectives on the topic. Workers and the Global Informal Economy explores varying definitions of informality in the backdrop of neo-liberal market logic, exploring how it manifests itself in different regions around the world, and its relationship with formal work. This volume demonstrates how neo-liberalism has been instrumental in accelerating informality and has resulted in the increasingly precarious position of the informal worker. Using different methodological approaches and regional focuses, this book considers key questions such as whether workers exercise choice over their work; how constrained such choices are; how social norms shape such choices; how work affects their well-being and agency; and what role culture plays in the determination of informality. This interdisciplinary collection will be of interest to policy-makers and researchers engaging with informality from different disciplinary and regional perspectives.

Re Imagining Labour Law for Development

53 M Gallagher and B Dong, 'Legislating Harmony: Labour Law Reform in
Contemporary China' in S Kuruvilla, C Lee and M Gallagher (eds), From Iron
Rice Bowl to Informalization: Managers, Workers and the State in a Changing
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Re Imagining Labour Law for Development

Author: Diamond Ashiagbor

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1509913122

Page: 296

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The aim of this book is to explore labour law's conceptual and normative narrative. If labour law is informed by the wider political and economic landscape within which it operates, then given the declining prevalence of the post-war model of full employment within a formal welfare state regime, what shape does or should labour law assume in response to the transformation of the political economy in countries of the global North? Correspondingly, what is the proper role to be played by labour law and labour relations institutions in the development process within industrialising countries of the global South, where informal employment has long been, and remains, the predominant form? Drawing on the expertise of leading labour law scholars, this collection addresses those questions by examining the growth and continued prevalence of informality. Offering research that is both empirically grounded and doctrinally astute, the book explores the changing character of labour law in the global North and South.

Industrial and Labor Relations Review

Labor nongovernmental organizations in China . In Sarosh Kuruvilla , Ching
Kwan Lee , and Mary E Gallagher ( Eds . ) , From Iron Rice Bowl to
Informalization : Markets , Workers , and the State in a Changing China , pp . 173
–187 . Ithaca , NY ...

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Private Regulation of Labor Standards in Global Supply Chains

Private Regulation of Labor Standards in Global Supply Chains examines the effectiveness of corporate social responsibility on improving labor standards in global supply chains.

Private Regulation of Labor Standards in Global Supply Chains

Author: Sarosh Kuruvilla

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 1501754548

Page: 342

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Private Regulation of Labor Standards in Global Supply Chains examines the effectiveness of corporate social responsibility on improving labor standards in global supply chains. Sarosh Kuruvilla charts the development and effectiveness of corporate codes of conduct to ameliorate "sweatshop" conditions in global supply chains. This form of private voluntary regulation, spearheaded by Nike and Reebok, became necessary given the inability of third world countries to enforce their own laws and the absence of a global regulatory system for labor standards. Although private regulation programs have been adopted by other companies in many different industries, we know relatively little regarding the effectiveness of these programs because companies don't disclose information about their efforts and outcomes in regulating labor conditions in their supply chains. Private Regulation of Labor Standards in Global Supply Chains presents data from companies, multi-stakeholder institutions, and auditing firms in a comprehensive, investigative dive into the world of private voluntary regulation of labor conditions. The picture he paints is wholistic and raw, but it considers several ways in which this private voluntary system can be improved to improve the lives of workers in global supply chains.

Inside China s Automobile Factories

Combining original empirical data and sophisticated analysis that moves from the shop floor to national political economy and global industry dynamics, the book develops a multilayered framework for understanding how labor relations in the ...

Inside China s Automobile Factories

Author: Lu Zhang

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107030854

Page: 258

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In Inside China's Automobile Factories, Lu Zhang explores the current conditions, subjectivity, and collective actions of autoworkers in the world's largest and fastest-growing automobile manufacturing nation. Based on years of fieldwork and extensive interviews conducted at seven large auto factories in various regions of China, Zhang provides an inside look at the daily factory life of autoworkers and a deeper understanding of the roots of rising labor unrest in the auto industry. Combining original empirical data and sophisticated analysis that moves from the shop floor to national political economy and global industry dynamics, the book develops a multilayered framework for understanding how labor relations in the auto industry and broader social economy can be expected to develop in China in the coming decades.

Paradoxes of Labour Reform

This book uses historical analytical tools in order to shed light on how policymaking takes place in contemporary China: an experimental and self-fulfilling process where decisions are taken only long after being introduced into daily ...

Paradoxes of Labour Reform

Author: Luigi Tomba

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136823050

Page: 256

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Labour reform is only one component of the larger process of reforming economy and society experienced by China over the last three decades. This book uses historical analytical tools in order to shed light on how policymaking takes place in contemporary China: an experimental and self-fulfilling process where decisions are taken only long after being introduced into daily practice. It will be valuable to students of contemporary Chinese society and key to the understanding of 25 years of Chinese labour reform.

Asia prashant

... the competitive spirit and social inequalities through slogans like " it is good to
get rich first " or " smash the iron rice bowl " . ... Such a situation promoted the
process of informalization and affected the nature and growth of local enterprises
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IDS Bulletin

In the context of globalisation , rapid growth and continued informalisation , it
seems that the kind of jobs and welfare ... Changing Workplace Relations in the
Chinese Economy : Beyond the Iron Rice Bowl , London : Macmillan Cook , S.
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