Labour reform is only one component of the larger process of reforming economy and society experienced by China over the last three decades. This book uses historical analytical tools in order to shed light on how policymaking takes place in contemporary China: an experimental and self-fulfilling process where decisions are taken only long after being introduced into daily practice. It will be valuable to students of contemporary Chinese society and key to the understanding of 25 years of Chinese labour reform.
'Dr. Tomba had done his delving rather well; it is a well researched publication. This monograph should definitely be read by doctoral students embarking on studies in this domain and in this sense may well be a safe 'buy' for faculty libraries.' - Asia Pacific Business Review
'Tomba's book provides valuable insights into a dynamic process, depicting the political struggles behind a debate that lasted three decades and dealt with labor issues and the dismantling ot the socialist type of labor organization. A proper understanding of the present Chinese labor market requires the historical knowledge Tomba provides.' - The China Journal
1. Labour Theory and Practice and the Making of a Market: An Introduction 2. Distribution According to What? From Politics to Labour 3. What is Labour? Applying Market Mechanisms to Labour Relations 4. Beyond the Limits of Socialist Labour: The Contemporary Debate on Labour and the Labour Market 5. Back to the Future: The Re- establishment and Initial Labour Reform Steps 6. Contracting Labour Relations 7. The Changing Labour Economy: Less Formality, More Market Conclusion