Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:

Title: Democratization and Autonomous Unionism in Taiwan: the Case of Petrochemical Workers
Authors: Ho, Ming-Sho
Keywords: Taiwan;democratization;union movement;workers;activists;party-state;opposition movement
Date: 2003-09
Issue Date: 2016-10-19 16:53:54 (UTC+8)
Abstract: In the study of the Taiwanese labor movement, the prevailing consensus holds that democratization empowered the working class in Taiwan, while worker impact on democratization was minimal. While largely agreeing with this consensus, this paper seeks to offer some revisions by analyzing the rise of unionism in the China Petroleum Corporation (CPC). First, this paper argues that grass-roots militants played an important role in the making of autonomous unionism. Second, the worker activists themselves mediated the impact of democratization on unionism. Thanks to
their workshop-level organizing, CPC workers cultivated a common anti-Kuomintang (KMT) outlook. This mentality served as a valuable mobilization framework for the union movement, building on the general resentment caused by KMT clientelism in the CPC. Third, the rise of autonomous unionism helped to clear away the KMT's authoritarian infrastructure within the CPC. Therefore, workers certainly made their contribution to democratization, no matter how local and indirect it might have been. This paper closes by putting these findings in a boarder perspective and suggesting directions for further research.
Relation: Issues & Studies,39(3),105-135
Data Type: article
Appears in Collections:[Issues & Studies] 期刊論文

Files in This Item:

File Description SizeFormat
39(3)-105-135.pdf209KbAdobe PDF281View/Open

All items in 學術集成 are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved.

社群 sharing