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Labor Representation And Organization Under State Capitalism In China

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This chapter discusses the tensions in China generated by state capitalism and state corporatism in the relationship between the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and urban industrial workers. The CCP's relaxation of centralized control over a more open, 'mixed' economy has still not been matched in the area of labor representation by a greater tolerance of autonomous organization. State capitalism, for the purposes of the chapter, is defined as a system where the means of social production are held privately from the working classes and those who depend on them for survival; where there is no empirical evidence that the working classes control the organizations, such as China's official trade unions, which are supposed to give them influence over the ruling CCP; and the top Party leadership obtains wealth and power like a collective capitalist class extracting surplus value produced by the labor power of the politically impotent working classes.

Keywords: Chinese Communist Party (CCP); labor representation; state capitalism



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