Are you between 5 and 25? If so, enter the Wicked Young Writer Awards NOW - click here for details...

debuts of the month win prizes
Search our site
A Long Way from Home by Cathy Glass Read the opening extract of the brand new Cathy Glass book before its publication on 22/02/2018

Contagious Capitalism Globalization and the Politics of Labor in China by Mary Elizabeth Gallagher
  

Contagious Capitalism Globalization and the Politics of Labor in China

Synopsis

Contagious Capitalism Globalization and the Politics of Labor in China by Mary Elizabeth Gallagher

One of the core assumptions of recent American foreign policy is that China's post-1978 policy of reform and openness will lead to political liberalization. This book challenges that assumption and the general relationship between economic liberalization and democratization. Moreover, it analyzes the effect of foreign direct investment (FDI) liberalization on Chinese labor politics. Market reforms and increased integration with the global economy have brought about unprecedented economic growth and social change in China during the last quarter of a century. Contagious Capitalism contends that FDI liberalization played several roles in the process of China's reforms. First, it placed competitive pressure on the state sector to produce more efficiently, thus necessitating new labor practices. Second, it allowed difficult and politically sensitive labor reforms to be extended to other parts of the economy. Third, it caused a reformulation of one of the key ideological debates of reforming socialism: the relative importance of public industry. China's growing integration with the global economy through FDI led to a new focus of debate--away from the public vs. private industry dichotomy and toward a nationalist concern for the fate of Chinese industry. In comparing China with other Eastern European and Asian economies, two important considerations come into play, the book argues: China's pattern of ownership diversification and China's mode of integration into the global economy. This book relates these two factors to the success of economic change without political liberalization and addresses the way FDI liberalization has affected relations between workers and the ruling Communist Party. Its conclusion: reform and openness in this context resulted in a strengthened Chinese state, a weakened civil society (especially labor), and a delay in political liberalization.

Reviews

[A] rich and insightful study that contributes significantly to the research on the relationship between political and economic reform. --Doug Guthrie, China Quarterly Gallagher's book opens numerous questions for discussion. It is a useful corrective to overly facile assumptions about the connection between economic liberalization and political democracy. --Peter R. Moody, Jr., Political Science Quarterly The text makes a particularly important contribution to our understanding of China as a model of economic growth and development. --Satya J. Gabriel, Journal of Politics Readers wanting a thorough understanding of the labor issues related to urban China will certainly appreciate this book. --Jean-Louis Rocca, China Perspectives Contagious Capitalism offers valuable information and insightful theoretical interpretations on the changing economic and political relations in contemporary China. --Wei Xu, Environment and Planning A This is an essential read for anyone interested in any aspect of the political economy of modern China because the book expertly draws together many strands of analysis and evidence to provide a detailed and powerful argument on the relation between economic development and political stability. [A] must-read for anyone interested in either China's reform or labor studies at graduate and scholarly levels. --Bill Taylor, China Journal


About the Author

Mary Elizabeth Gallagher is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is also a faculty associate of the Center for Chinese Studies and the Institute for Labor and Industrial Relations.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

19th March 2007

Author

Mary Elizabeth Gallagher

More books by Mary Elizabeth Gallagher
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Publisher

Princeton University Press

Format

Paperback
256 pages

Categories

Labour economics

ISBN

9780691130361

Love Reading - it not only does what it says on the tin, it does it with Jam on!!

Maz Tucker

A great place to go to find your next literary escape, and where you don't have to judge a book by its cover!

Suzanne Beney

Hooked on books? Give Lovereading a go - for the chance to discover brilliant books, and to see why our members love it so.

Claire Hill

Books of the month/debuts of the month, kids/adults, fiction/non-fiction, free prize draws and free extracts, what's not to love?

Emma Smith

It has opened my eyes to different authors and genres. Just log on and try, you will be surprised and not want for reading material again.

Jocelyn Garvey

At Lovereading there are fabulous books available in every genre, with great reviews to help you pick the right book for you.

Teresa O'Halloran

Their sending me my first book to review 18 months ago re-awakened my fondness for reading, since then I have purchased some real gems.

Barry Griffiths

It gives a chance to read about new titles, invites comments from all kinds of readers and is run by such a nice bunch of book lovers.

Joy Bosworth

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools