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Militants or PartisansLabor Unions and Democratic Politics in Korea and Taiwan$
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Yoonkyung Lee

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804775373

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804775373.001.0001

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Labor-Reform Politics in Democratized Korea and Taiwan

Labor-Reform Politics in Democratized Korea and Taiwan

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(p.102) 5 Labor-Reform Politics in Democratized Korea and Taiwan
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Militants or Partisans
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804775373.003.0005

This chapter compares the processes and outcomes of labor reforms in democratized Korea and Taiwan. It identifies and analyzes the most salient and highly contested aspects of labor policy. These include labor rights recognition, wage determination, workweek reductions, and job protection anti-privatization. This chapter highlights how historical legacies created different starting points for labor unions and how labor-reform episodes built on one another to reinforce the diverging paths of labor politics in Korea and Taiwan, respectively.

Keywords:   labor reforms, Korea, Taiwan, labor policy, labor rights, wager determination, workweek reduction, job protection

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