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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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Explaining Regulatory Change

Explaining Regulatory Change

Chapter 2 Explaining Regulatory Change
Reforming Asian Labor Systems

Frederic C. Deyo

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines national trajectories of labor and social regulation over the past thirty years of Asian development and reform. It also considers the ways in which dominant elites have responded to a variety of labor-related economic and sociopolitical pressures by reconfiguring labor systems through regulatory reform. The chapter begins with a discussion of some of the key influences on institutional change, with particular emphasis on path dependence, functional adaptation, strategic innovation, and social conflict. It then explores critical regulation theory, best exemplified in the social structures of accumulation school and in French regulation theory, in relation to regulatory regimes. It also analyzes the notion of ideational interests that has been emphasized in a number of accounts of the origins of both neoliberalism and of the regulatory innovations accompanying market reform. The chapter concludes by assessing the socioeconomic context of labor systems.

Keywords:   labor regulation, social regulation, labor systems, regulatory reform, path dependence, functional adaptation, strategic innovation, social conflict, critical regulation theory, market reform

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