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  • P-ISSN0023-3900
  • E-ISSN2733-9343

Labor Politics of Employment Protection Legislation for Nonregular Workers in South Korea

Korea Journal, (P)0023-3900; (E)2733-9343
2009, v.49 no.4, pp.57-90
https://doi.org/10.25024/kj.2009.49.4.57


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Abstract

This study delineates the evolution of nonregular employment lawmaking in accordance with the strategic-relational theoretical perspective in order to shed light on how contested interactions concerning the nonregular employment protection legislation have evolved over the course of three governments—People’s Government, Participatory Government, and Practical Government. The legislative process and the enacted laws of nonregular employment protection have proven the materialized cohesion of actors’ strategies and contextual structure. In particular, the making of labor laws tends to involve a sharp interest contest among concerned actors. The government takes part in the political interaction of lawmaking through its “strategic selectivity.” The interests and strategic measures of the actors, including the government, are conditioned and even constrained by contextual situations, particularly economic and political circumstances. In this light, the interactive processes concerning the nonregular employment lawmaking are characterized as strategic-relational. As a consequence, the nonregular employment protection laws, to which actors’ interests and strategies as well as contextual structure have contributed, have the dual nature of employment protection and labor flexibility, which dissatisfy both organized labor and business groups.

keywords
nonregular employment protection legislation labor politics industrial relations strategic-relational perspective strategic selectivity policy consultation

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