Putting the Chinese State in Its Place: The March from Passive Revolution to Hegemony

  • Elaine Sio-ieng HuiEmail author
Part of the Series in Asian Labor and Welfare Policies book series (Series in Asian Labor and Welfare Policies)


This chapter demonstrates that current studies have depicted the Chinese state in three major forms: an authoritarian state, a developmental state and a corporatist state. However, these three approaches have under-examined the ideological and hegemonic capacities of the Chinese party-state. Seeking to fill up this intellectual gap, this chapter elaborates on the overarching framework of the book: the Chinese economic reform begun in 1978 is a top-down passive revolution, and that after almost four of capitalist reform, the post-socialist Chinese state has been transforming from forcefully steering the country’s passive revolution into assisting the capitalist class to build up hegemony (i.e. cultural, moral, and political leadership). Within this framework, it is further argued that the labor law system in China is a crucial means through which the Chinese party-state has attempted to secure the working class’s consent to the ruling class.


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  1. 1.School of Labor and Employment RelationsPennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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