Globalization, Flexibilization and Working Conditions in Asia and the Pacific - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781843343301, 9781780632476

Globalization, Flexibilization and Working Conditions in Asia and the Pacific

1st Edition

Editors: Sangheon Lee Francois Eyraud
Hardcover ISBN: 9781843343301
eBook ISBN: 9781780632476
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 30th September 2008
Page Count: 480
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Labour market changes, workers’ voice, and labour regulations: Globalization, institutional reforms and workers: Changes and outcomes; Trade union rights and trade competitiveness: Asia in a global context; The regulation of working conditions in Asia and the Pacific: flexibility, fragmentation and workers’ rights. Part 2 Flexibilization and non-standard employment: Australia: Institutional changes and workforce fragmentation; Japan: The resilience of employment relationships and the changing conditions of work; The Republic of Korea: From flexibility to segmentation. Part 3 Economic pressures and the changing quality of work: Indonesia: The search for alternatives; The Philippines: Changes at the workplace; Thailand: Globalization and unprotected workers. Part 4 Transition and employment conditions: China: Economic transition, employment flexibility and security; Vietnam: Workers in transition.


This book represents a unique study which reviews employment conditions in Asia and the Pacific in the context of globalization and increasing pressure towards flexibilization. It places a strong focus on the diverging experiences of individual workers in their employment conditions such as employment status, wages/incomes, working time, work organizations and health and safety. Along with thematic studies concerning the roles of workers voice and labour regulation in determining employment conditions, this book includes nine country studies which have been undertaken based on a common research framework for a more rigorous comparison in the region.

Key Features

  • A systematic review of employment conditions in the countries which are carefully selected in the region
  • National-level analysis based on a common research framework
  • A highly analytical and timely analysis of workers voice and labour regulation with respect to employment conditions


Students and academics in Asian studies, international relations, and law


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About the Editors

Sangheon Lee Editor

Dr Sangheon Lee is a Senior Research Officer at the Conditions of Work and Employment Programme of the International Labour Office. He has widely published on employment conditions including Working Time around the World (with D. McCann and J. Messenger, forthcoming, Routledge).

Affiliations and Expertise

Conditions of Work and Employment Programme of the International Labour Office, UK

Francois Eyraud Editor

Dr. Francis Eyraud is the Executive Director of ILO Turin Training Center. He has published on a wide range of labour issues including wage policies. His latest publications include The Fundamentals of Minimum Wages Fixing (with C. Saget, 2005, ILO) and Evolving World of Work in the Enlarged EU: Progress and vulnerability (eds with D. Vaughan-Whitehead, forthcoming, ILO).

Affiliations and Expertise

ILO Turin Training Center, Italy