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Collective Bargaining and Changing Industrial Relations in China.

Lessons from the U.S. and Germany


Siqi Luo

This study focuses on the status and prospects of collective bargaining in China based on lessons learned from the post-war United States and Germany. The author regards collective bargaining as a type of core wage regulation that emerged from production regimes at the factory level and from economic and labor policies of the state. This analysis compares the production regimes and the state-labor-capital relations in China today with the U.S. and German models in order to identify the missing links as well as potential driving forces in the current system of collective contract in China. Finally, the author proposes an ideal model of collective bargaining in China, one that offers solutions to a more just and sustainable trajectory of industrial development and that tailors to the power status of the major actors in industrial relations.


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This book would not have been possible without the support of many people. I wish to express my gratitude to my supervisor, Dr. Boy Lüthje who was abundantly helpful in offering me invaluable guidance, support, and assistance. I am also grateful to my second reviewer Dr. Wilhelm Schumm and other colleagues in the Institut für Sozialforschung in Frankfurt. I would also like to convey thanks to Hans Böckler Stiftung for providing financial support. The staff there was always warm-hearted and quickly responded all my questions. In particular, I would like to thank Prof. Dr. György Széll for his insightful comments on this work and for his guidance on my academic career. I would like to thank many people who saw me through this book. Many supported me during my field study including arranging interviews and offering factory access, while others helped me in proofreading and editing. I also thank the editors who agreed to publish this manuscript. Finally, I wish to express my love and gratitude to my husband, Min and the rest of my family, who supported and encouraged me through the duration of the study. Siqi Luo Goyang city, South Korea February 12, 2013

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