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From Family to Market: Labor Allocation in Contemporary China / Edition 1

From Family to Market: Labor Allocation in Contemporary China / Edition 1

by Fei-Ling Wang, Fei-Ling WangFei-Ling Wang


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This book analyzes Chinese history, politics, and economic development through the lens of labor allocation within the world's largest workforce. Capturing the peculiarities, continuities, and changes in the PRC's institutional structure, Fei-Ling Wang examines the segmented nature of China's labor force today. He points to the rare coexistence of four 'labor allocation patterns:' the traditional family-based system, authoritarian state allocation, community-based labor markets, and the emerging national labor market. China's enduringly stable yet backward institutional structure was based firmly on a mix of family and state institutions; now the addition of market forces highlights the PRC's transitional state. Bolstered with rich case-study detail and Chinese source material, this study argues that the development of labor allocation patterns will profoundly influence China's political and economic development in the coming century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780847688807
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 03/26/1998
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.88(w) x 8.86(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Fei-Ling Wang is assistant professor at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Part I: Introduction: Labor Allocation Patterns and Institutional Structures Chapter 2 Conceptualizing Labor Allocation Patterns Chapter 3 Labor Allocation in China: A Short History Chapter 4 LAPs in the PRC Prior to Deng's Reform Chapter 5 Chinese Labor Allocation in the 1990s Part 6 Part II: The Family-Based Traditional Pattern Chapter 7 The Family and Family-Based LAP Chapter 8 The Family-Based LAP in China Chapter 9 The Family-Based LAP and the Chinese Institutional Structure Part 10 Part III: Authoritarian State Allocation Pattern Chapter 11 Political Institutions and Labor Allocation Chapter 12 The Authoritarian State LAP in China Chapter 13 The Authoritarian State LAP and the Chinese Institutional Structure Part 14 Part IV: Community-Based Labor Markets Chapter 15 Community and Community-Based Markets Chapter 16 Community-Based Labor Markets in China Chapter 17 Institutional Role of the CLMs Part 18 Part V: An Emerging National Labor Market Chapter 19 Opening and FDI: To Import the Market Chapter 20 The National Labor Market in Contemporary China Chapter 21 Impact and Prospects of the National Labor Market Part 22 Part VI: Conclusion: China at the Institutional Crossroads Chapter 23 Continuity of China's Institutional Structure Chapter 24 The Institutional Mixture and Transition in Today's PRC Chapter 25 The Dragon Enters the Nets Part 26 Part VII: Appendices Chapter 27 Landmarks of Labor Allocation in the PRC Chapter 28 Locational Profile of Individuals Interviewed

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