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Participation and recognition: the transforming of (un)employment in China

By Chun Lin


China's mounting unemployment in recent years is an unintended but predictable consequence of the economic reform with an open labor market. It has turned into a major political crisis in a "socialist state" where not only security but also sovereign dignity of labor remain central to the constitutional mandate and, however lingering, to popular expectation as well. This article traces the origins of the crisis, explores linkage between participation and recognition, explains mutual relevance of the EuroAmerican "future of work" debate and the Chinese experience, and argues for creative adaptation toward an alternative. It concludes with an observation that participatory activities beyond salaried jobs would require guaranteed social security; and only institutional innovations in public policy that enable democratic control by citizens over resources and management can forge a new social contract for overcoming unemployment

Topics: HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Publisher: Routledge for New Political Science Caucus with APSA
Year: 2000
DOI identifier: 10.1080/713687970
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:19111
Provided by: LSE Research Online
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