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Partly as a result of colonialism and its legacy, and partly as a result of economic policy, they also had a greater degree of exposure to global capitalism than did the communist regimes of Russia, China, or eastern Europe. Although the recent intensiﬁcation of economic globalization in late-industrializing settings involve the reduction of the public sector and of barriers to international trade and capital ﬂows, economic transformation in post-socialist countries is a far more dramatic event.
See also Walt Rostow, The Stages of Economic Growth (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1962); Daniel Lerner, The Passing of Traditional Society (rev. ) (New York: Free Press, 1964); and Marion Levy, Modernization and the Structure of Societies (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1966). , Industrialism and Industrial Man. For theories suggesting that workers experienced ‘embourgeoisement’ as a result of their increasing afﬂuence and their increasing abilities to exercise discretion in the control of machines, see respectively Zweig, The Worker in an Afﬂuent Society; and Robert Blauner, Alienation and Freedom (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1964).
Aside from sporadic protests by workers, there was no organized labor movement for nearly three decades after the formation of the PRC in 1949. With the economic reforms launched in 1979, however, Chinese industrial relations entered a period of change that brought about increasing exposure to market forces and to the international economy. In keeping with the common themes developed in this volume, Lu questions the assumption that economic interdependence must lead to common institutional outcomes, and proceeds from the premise that political choice as well as institutional legacies of the past in state socialist countries, such as China, affect the sequence and methods of transformation of industrial relations.