The post-Mao years witnessed vigorous labor law reform efforts in China, which can be partly understood in terms of globalization, economic and legal. In the economic globalization, China was increasingly integrated into the world economic system and exposed to international pressures to reform its traditional labor system and follow internationally-accepted labor rules. In other words, the economic globalization created the need for labor law reforms in China. In the legal globalization, China was apparently the recipient or borrower of foreign legal ideas including ideas about labor legislation. These ideas inspired the Chinese to build a new legal system concerning labor.

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Yunqiu Zhang is an associate professor at North Carolina A & T State University. He obtained his Ph. D. in history from the University of Toronto. He once worked as an editor of Historical Research (lishi yanjiu) and Social Sciences in China (zhongguo sheshui kexue) in the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He has published on Chinese labor issues (trade unions and labor legislation), local state entrepreneurship, Chinese historiography, and urbanization. Email: zhang_y01@yahoo.com


China, foreign investments, globalization, International Labor Organization (ILO), labor laws, post-Mao reform years, trading partners

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