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Unemployment in China

Economy, Human Resources and Labour Markets, 1st Edition

Edited by Grace O.M. Lee, Malcolm Warner


268 pages | 23 B/W Illus.

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Unemployment in China offers a new and invaluable insight into the Chinese economy, keenly analyzing the new directions the world's next superpower is now taking.

Successfully bringing together a wide range of research and evidence from leading scholars in the field, this book shows how unemployment is one of the key issues facing the Chinese economy. China's market-oriented economic reform and industrial restructuring, while greatly improving efficiency, have also sharply reduced overstaffing, leading to a large increase in unemployment.

At the same time, further restructuring is predicted as the full impact of the accession to the WTO is felt throughout China. A further problem is that new jobs in China's growth industries are more likely to be secured by younger, better-qualified workers than by older, poorly educated and unskilled workers who have been laid off. This book discusses a wide range of issues related to the growing unemployment problem in China and examines the problems in particular cities, appraises the government response, and assesses the prospects going forward.

Table of Contents

Part 1: General 1. Setting the Scene: Unemployment in China 2. Primitive Accumulation: Transition and Unemployment in China 3. Urban Unemployment in China: A Background Analysis 1998-2003 Part 2: Themes 4. Unemployment in China and the All-China Federation of Trade 5. Women’s Unemployment and Public-Sector Restructuring: The Case of Urban China 6. Beyond the Iron Rice Bowl: Life Stage and Family Dynamics in Unemployed Chinese Workers 7. ‘No Land’ and ‘No Wage’: Unemployment in Rural China Part 3: Case-Studies 8. Developing Labour-Market Policies in China: Shanghai’s Experience as Case Study 9. Active Labour-Market Policies in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region 10. Unemployment in the Macao Special Administrative Region 11. Steeling for Reform: State-Enterprise Restructuring and the Surplus Labour Question 12. Downsizing Strategies: Human Resource Management and Organizational Changes in Chinese Enterprises Part 4: Conclusion 13. Conclusion: Unemployment in China

About the Editors

Malcolm Warner is Professor and Fellow Emeritus at Wolfson College, Cambridge, and Senior Research Associate at the Judge Institute of Management, Cambridge University.

Grace O.M. Lee is Associate Professor at the Department of Public and Social Administration, City University of Hong Kong.

About the Series

Routledge Contemporary China Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Urban & Regional
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies