In Reforming Asian Labor Systems, Frederic C. Deyo
examines the implications of post-1980s market-oriented economic
reform for labor systems in China, South Korea, the Philippines,
and Thailand. Adopting a critical institutionalist perspective, he
explores the impact of elite economic interests and strategies,
labor politics, institutional path dependencies, and changing
economic circumstances on regimes of labor and social regulation in
these four countries. Of particular importance are reform-driven
socioeconomic and political tensions that, especially following the
regional financial crisis of the late 1990s, have encouraged
increased efforts to integrate social and developmental agendas
with those of market reform.
Through his analysis of the social economy of East and Southeast
Asia, Deyo suggests that several Asian countries may now be
positioned to repeat what they achieved in earlier decades: a
prominent role in defining new international models of development
and market reform that adapt to the pressures and constraints of
the evolving world economy.
Subjects: Political Science
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