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Law and Labour Market Regulation in South East Asia

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ISBN13: 9780415221689
ISBN: 0415221684
Published: January 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Format: Hardback
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Labour conditions in many East Asian countries are often poor; stories of abuses are commonly reported in the press. It would seem that local laws frequently do not provide much assistance to workers. Is this because the laws themselves are inadequate, or because laws exist only 'on the books' and have little practical effect? This edited collection examines the labour laws of seven industrializing East Asian societies - China, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan, The Philippines and Vietnam - and discusses the variation in their impact across the whole region. Leading scholars from each country consider both laws pertaining to working conditions and industrial relations, and those that regulate the labour market as a whole. Legislation concerning migrant labour, gender equality, employment creation and skills formation is also looked at. Adopting their own distinct theoretical perspectives, the authors of the country studies trace the historical development of labour regulation and reveal that most countries in the region now have quite extensive frameworks. An introductory chapter provides an overview of relevant literature from law and other social sciences.;This book will be particularly useful to people interested in the place of labour law, and law in general, in contemporary East Asian societies.

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1. Sean Cooney, Tim Lindsey, Richard Mitchell and Ying Zhu Labour Law and Labour Market Regulation in East Asian States: Problems and Issues for Comparative Inquiry 2. Tim Lindsay and Teten Masduki Labour Law in Indonesia after Soeharto: 'Reformasi' or Replay? 3. Suhanah Sharifah Syed Ahmad Law and Labour Market Regulation in Malaysia: Beyond the New Economic Policy 4. Froilan Bacungan and Rene Ofreneo The Development of Labour Law and Labour Market Policy in the Philippines 5. Pip Nicholson Vietnam's Labour Market: Transition and the role of Law 6. Ying Zhu Economic Reform and Labour Market Regulation in China 7. Huei-ling Wang and Sean Cooney Taiwan's Labour Law: the End of State Corporatism? 8. Cheol-soo Lee Law and Labour-Management Relations in South Korea: Advancing Industrial Democratization 9. Sean Cooney and Richard Mitchell What is Labour Law Doing in East Asia?