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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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Compromising Economic and Social Agendas

Compromising Economic and Social Agendas

(p.119) Chapter 7 Compromising Economic and Social Agendas
Reforming Asian Labor Systems

Frederic C. Deyo

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the tensions and instabilities associated with economic reform policies and how they have influenced the policies and institutional strategies of ruling groups in China, South Korea, Thailand, and the Philippines. It begins with an overview of the most prominent element in most programs of labor market reform: the deregulation of labor markets. It then considers tensions of social reproduction and protection, with particular emphasis on how increasing labor market fluidity and a corresponding growth in contingent and contract employment reduce training incentives for employers. It also discusses institutional tensions in the labor process and concludes by analyzing attempts to shift from exports to domestic consumption to sustain development.

Keywords:   economic reform, labor market reform, labor market deregulation, labor markets, social reproduction, employment, labor process, exports, domestic consumption

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