Seminar : « Vietnam and China’s Diverging Industrial Relations Systems: A Case of Path Dependency », Global China and the Future of Capitalism Seminar Series


 4:00 - 5:30pm
 Social Sciences Chambers, 11/F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU
Prof. Anita Chan

Global China and the Future of Capitalism Seminar Series

Organised by

The Department of Sociology, University of Hong Kong &

The Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Hong Kong

in collaboration with

The French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC)

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Prof. Dorothy J Solinger, Co-editor, The China Journal


The seminar will discuss why Vietnam and China, one-party states that allow only one official trade union, are traversing different paths in terms of their trade unions’ institutional structures, the state’s and trade union’s attitudes towards strikes, willingness to reform their trade unions, and willingness to engage with the international labor union movement.  The path dependency of  their recent histories have set them on paths vis-à-vis authoritarianism.  Thus, when external contingencies force institutional change Vietnam and China to veer in new divergent trajectories – the TPP energizing Vietnam to debate the acceptance of autonomous trade unions, while Xi Jinping in China intensifies Party control over industrial relations and civil society.


Prof. Pun Ngai, Department of Sociology, the University of Hong Kong

The seminar will be held in English.

This seminar is the sixth of the “Global China and the Future of Capitalism Seminar Series” being held in 2018 and 2019. The concept note is available here.

All interested are welcome, limited seats.

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