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Wal-Mart’s trade union in China

He, Baogang and Xie, Yuhua 2012, Wal-Mart’s trade union in China, Economic and industrial democracy, vol. 33, no. 3, pp. 421-440, doi: 10.1177/0143831X11411327.

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Title Wal-Mart’s trade union in China
Author(s) He, BaogangORCID iD for He, Baogang
Xie, Yuhua
Journal name Economic and industrial democracy
Volume number 33
Issue number 3
Start page 421
End page 440
Total pages 20
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2012-08
ISSN 0143-831X
Keyword(s) China
industrial relations
labour movement
trade union
Summary In 2007–8, more than 100 Wal-Mart stores in China established trade unions, which were praised by labour organizations and scholars throughout the world. This article questions these positive assessments and evaluations through an empirical study. The empirical findings reveal a dark and unpleasant picture of a double cooptation in that both the Chinese government and Wal-Mart have successfully coopted a few more or less independent unions. Although the presence of the trade union seems to challenge Wal-Mart’s neoliberal corporate ideology and governance, the compromise and tacit agreement between Wal-Mart and the party-state not only reflects a marriage of convenience but also indicates some deeper compatibility, the compatibility between China’s state corporatist model and the neoliberal approach taken by Wal-Mart. This study finds that China continues to move in a ‘state corporatist’ direction and that the transition towards civil society and ‘societal corporatism’ has been stymied.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0143831X11411327
Field of Research 160603 Comparative Government and Politics
Socio Economic Objective 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2011
Copyright notice ©2011, Sage
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