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.
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