The International Labour Organization and the Labour Question in Republican China, 1919–1938

  • Limin TehEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements book series (PSHSM)


This chapter examines the relationship between the International Labour Organization and the state in Republican China in the inter-war period. During the years 1919–1937, the ILO and the Chinese government collaborated over the promulgation of labour legislation and the uniform enforcement of Chinese labour laws throughout China. Relying on Chinese- and English-language archival documents, Teh situates this collaborative relationship in a changing global context in which the governance of labour became fundamental to the sovereignty and legitimacy of a nation-state. Although this collaborative relationship did not ultimately achieve the desired results, it presaged a configuration of labour governance centering on the nation-state, which became normalised in the post-1945 global order.


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  1. 1.Leiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands

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