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date: 07 April 2020

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Harald Conrad explores changes in institutional mediation and the practice of work and employment relations in the three most developed East Asian countries: Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. In all three countries, long-term approaches to employment and seniority-based pay have eroded, similar trends, that, however, do not entail convergence. There are growing in-country variations, and a greater diversity in approaches to people management within organizations. However, the overall nature of organized labour has not changed noticeably in the last two decades. Finally, reforms have sometimes gone hand in hand with the preservation of traditional welfare benefits. This means that innovations are combined with long-standing practices in a manner that is distinct from other capitalist archetypes.

Keywords: East Asia, coordinated markets, capitalist diversity, seniority-based pay, long-term employment

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