Organized Labor in the Asia-Pacific Region


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A Comparative Study of Trade Unionism in Nine Countries

Edited by Stephen Frenkel
Cornell University Press

Are unions in the Asia-Pacific region suffering a fate similar to their counterparts in the United States, the United Kingdom, and France? Or are vigorous labor movements emerging in the world’s powerhouse of economic growth? Contributors to this volume examine the problems and challenges of organized labor against the backdrop of changing economic and political currents in the region as a whole, and within the developing countries of China, Malaysia, and Thailand; the newly industrialized societies of South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore; and the advanced peripheral countries of Australia and New Zealand.

Organized Labor in the Asia-Pacific Region adopts a comparative perspective, applying theoretical insights derived from industrial relations, international labor studies, and political sociology. Key concerns include the impact of different levels of industrialization and the changing role of the state on trade unionism. In addition, the volume explores the likely trajectory of unionism, noting a variety of probable patterns that run counter to simple theories of convergence on either Japanese enterprise unionism or Western models of labor organizations.

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Weight 20.4 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 1 in


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