The Origins of Chinese ‘Industrial Relations’

  • Malcolm Warner
  • Ying Zhu
Part of the Studies on the Chinese Economy book series (STCE)


This chapter explores the origins of Chinese ‘industrial relations’ by examining the past literature as well as contemporary writings. The analysis is divided into the following sections: this section sets out a number of introductory remarks; Section 2 reviews the evolution and changes of the concepts of industrial relations in recent Chinese history; Sections 3 and 4 illustrate their usage in today’s China, as well as dilemmas in the present transitional period from the formerly planned economy to the contemporary market-driven system. We are particularly interested in attempting to clarify concepts and terminological usage in this field (see Ng and Warner, 1998) as this has long been problematic in our view.


Trade Union Human Resource Management Economic Reform Industrial Relation Socialist Market Economy 
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