Débat de midi
How does China deal with labour rights and migrant workers' protests?
Sungmin Rho, Assistant Professor in International Relations/Political Science
Maison de la paix, Geneva
The Chinese government has adopted pro-labour policies since the early 2000s. The new policies have redistributed economic resources away from businesses in labour-intensive sectors towards unskilled workers. At the same time, low-wage workers in export-oriented sectors have increasingly engaged in collective protests. As a non-democratic country that has relied on labour coercion to promote export-led growth, why has the regime been incentivised to enact and implement inclusive labour policies at the expense of businesses? Does this change signify labour empowerment in contemporary China?
This Lunch Briefing will address the varying incentives at the central and local level in adopting a pro-labour approach and how it has affected Chinese workers on the ground.
Sungmin Rho is Assistant Professor in International Relations/Political Science.
Before joining the Graduate Institute, she obtained a PhD from the department of Political Science at Stanford University and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for the Study of Contemporary China at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research bridges international and comparative political economy with a regional focus on China.
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