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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 Labor Systems

Reforming Labor Systems

Neoliberalism, Reregulation, and Social Compensation

Chapter 3 Reforming Labor Systems
Reforming Asian Labor Systems

Frederic C. Deyo

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines aspects of labor systems reform that are centered less on liberalization and deregulation and more on institutional reregulation and social compensation. The 1980s hegemonic consolidation of a new market-oriented, regulatory paradigm set in motion major global transformations in the nature of interstate economic relations and in the role of states in national economies. Of particular interest were associated changes in regimes of social and labor regulation and in the labor systems through which economic accumulation, economic livelihood, and social integration are secured and mutually articulated. This new orthodoxy is referred to as the Washington Consensus. This chapter first considers the role of the state under market reform before discussing globalization in relation to state displacement and state transformation. It then locates market reform within the context of economic structural change and institutional regulation and goes on to assess the labor implications of deregulatory reform. It also explores the economic and social tensions associated with deregulatory reform and the anticipatory institutional responses to such tensions that are now embedded in the Washington Consensus.

Keywords:   labor systems, institutional reregulation, social compensation, globalization, labor regulation, Washington Consensus, market reform, liberalization, deregulation, deregulatory reform

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