In China and beyond, liberalized markets aren't fostering democracy — they're undermining it.
Eli Friedman is the author of Insurgency Trap: Labor Politics in Postsocialist China. He teaches at Cornell University.
China’s campaign to expel migrant workers from Beijing is designed to wring more profit from urban land and reserve the city for elites.
One worker's tale of exploitation and fighting back in the new China.
Factory relocations and land privatizations have put Chinese migrant workers on the defensive.
China’s leftist revival is overstated. The country’s new “Maoists" cede too much ground to nationalism and the market.
China’s ambitious new urbanization plan comes with a set of contradictions the Communist Party won’t be able to control.
Worker militancy has shown cracks in both China’s economic plan and the Communist Party’s official trade unions.
The exploitative relationship between city and countryside pervades Chinese life. Nowhere is inequality in access to public goods clearer than in the country’s urban education system.
Few in the West are aware of the drama unfolding in today’s “epicenter of global labor unrest.” A scholar of China exposes its tumultuous labor politics and their lessons for the Left.