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The politics of consent in the casino economy: Negotiations and contests of the migrant worker system in Macau
Choi,Alex H.
2019-06-19
Source PublicationAsian Education and Development Studies
ISSN20463170 20463162
Volume5Issue:4Pages:408-422
AbstractPurpose: Accompanying the casino liberalization in Macau has been the massive increase in the importation of migrant workers to drive the labour-intensive, service-oriented economic growth there. Nevertheless, the employment of migrant workers has become an intensely contentious issue. The traditional pluralist approach to migration policy has highlighted a mismatch between restrictive policy pronouncements and actual expansive outcomes. This mismatch has resonated strongly in Macau, where the number of migrant workers skyrocketed in the last decade in spite of repeated guarantees from the government of the adoption of a protectionist labour policy. The pluralist approach has attributed the mismatch to strong constituencies supporting more immigration. The purpose of this paper is to dispute this and maintain that the Macau Government is a capitalist state committed to increasing labour importation to facilitate wealth accumulation. Design/methodology/approach: The paper uses a qualitative approach based on extensive research of news and media reports, facilitated by a close observation of political developments. Findings: The Macau Government started, in 2005, to talk about reforming its labour importation programme by adding a migrant worker levy, a ratio mechanism and a six-month waiting period. This paper investigates how the capitalist state navigated the reform process by promising changes and building consent with the working classes. The author maintains that “a game of protection” has been constructed and played to secure the consent of the local working classes for the migrant worker programme. Originality/value: Very little literature is available that has studied the changes made to the migrant worker system in Macau. This paper will help to close this gap.
KeywordBurawoy Casino economy Macau Migrant workers Worker politics
DOI10.1108/AEDS-01-2016-0002
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Language英语
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionUniversity of Macau
Corresponding AuthorChoi,Alex H.
AffiliationUniversity of Macau,Macau,Macao
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
Corresponding Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Choi,Alex H.. The politics of consent in the casino economy: Negotiations and contests of the migrant worker system in Macau[J]. Asian Education and Development Studies,2019,5(4):408-422.
APA Choi,Alex H..(2019).The politics of consent in the casino economy: Negotiations and contests of the migrant worker system in Macau.Asian Education and Development Studies,5(4),408-422.
MLA Choi,Alex H.."The politics of consent in the casino economy: Negotiations and contests of the migrant worker system in Macau".Asian Education and Development Studies 5.4(2019):408-422.
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