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Reforming Asian Labor SystemsEconomic Tensions and Worker Dissent$
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Frederic C. Deyo

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801450518

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801450518.001.0001

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Reforming Asian Labor Systems

Frederic C. Deyo

Cornell University Press

This book examines how market-oriented economic reform has affected the economic livelihood of East and Southeast Asian workers from a labor systems perspective. More specifically, it considers how workers have responded politically to the pressures of reform and how governments have sought to pursue economic agendas of reform and development while at the same time addressing the political challenges of worker dissent. It also discusses the policy impact of labor politics in the region, where workers are typically marginalized in causal accounts of social change. Focusing on China, South Korea, Thailand, and the Philippines, the book highlights reform-driven tensions as they relate specifically to Asian industrial workers and employment under the growing pressures of globalization, privatization, and labor market deregulation. The book concludes by considering some of the major policy initiatives and institutional accommodations made by dominant elites in trying to manage or contain these emergent tensions.

Keywords:   economic reform, livelihood, East Asia, Southeast Asia, labor systems, worker dissent, labor politics, Philippines, industrial workers, employment

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