This article focuses on the role of ‘workers’ democracy’ in state-owned
enterprises (SOE) and workers’ resistance to privatization in China
today. The concept of workers’ democracy has its roots in the first 40
years of labor relations under Chinese state socialism (Brugger 1976;
Cliver 2005; Taylor et al. 2003), and no less so in the post-Mao period
(Chen 1995; Zhang 2001). But what is its significance to Chinese state
workers today? Does it enhance the development of state workers’
organizational capacities? Or does it just reinforce the neoliberal policies
pursued by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)? Interviews
with SOE workers’ protest leaders suggest the limits of the possible
when Chinese state workers reengage the concept of workers’ democracy
through their Workers’ Representative Congresses as part of their
resistance to privatization.
China Study Group news update
China orders Western-run newsletter to cease operations
International Herald Tribune | 2007-07-11
BEIJING: A popular Western-run newsletter that has written about Chinese social and economic development issues for more than a decade has been ordered to cease operations by the Chinese police, its British editor said Wednesday. The newsletter, China Development Brief, has a staff of 11 people i...
Statement From China Development Brief
CDB | 2007-07-11
China Development Brief is a non-profit publication that I established in 1995. It's current mission is "to enhance constructive engagement between China and the world." On July 4 our Beijing office was visited by a joint delegation of a dozen officials from the Beijing Municipality Public Se...
China forces closure of nonprofit newsletter ahead of sensitive party congress
AP | 2007-07-11
BEIJING: Communist authorities have shut down a newsletter that monitored groups working independently from the government to improve China's spotty record on labor and environmental issues, the publication's British founder said Wednesday. The closure of the Beijing-based China Developme...
China bans influential NGO newsletter
Guardian | 2007-07-11
Chinese authorities have shut down an influential publication at the heart of the country's budding civic society movement, raising fresh concerns about media freedoms in the run up to the Olympic Games. China Development Brief has been ordered to cease publication pending the results of an i...