Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Wang, Kan and Manfred Elfstrom. 2017. “Worker Unrest and Institutional Change: Perceptions of Local Union Leaders in China.” China Information 31(1): 84-106.

Elfstrom, Manfred and Sarosh Kuruvilla. 2014. “The Changing Nature of Labor Unrest in China.” Industrial and Labor Relations Review 67(2): 453–80.

Articles Under Review

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: State Reactions to Labour Unrest in China. (Revise and resubmit).

A Tale of Two Deltas: Labor Politics in Jiangsu and Guangdong. (Revise and resubmit).

Xi Jinping’s Cautious Social Policy. (Revise and resubmit).

Social Justice, Nationalism, and Popular Protest in China. (Under review).

Chapters in Edited Volumes

Elfstrom, Manfred. Forthcoming. “China’s Contentious Cab Drivers.” In Teresa Wright, ed., Handbook of Protest and Dissent in China. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Elfstrom, Manfred. Forthcoming. “Labor Issues in China.” In Sarah Biddulph and Joshua Rosenzweig, eds., Human Rights in China: Contested Meanings. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Tapia, Maite, Manfred Elfstrom, and Denisse Roca-Servat. 2018. “Bridging Social Movement and Industrial Relations Theory: An Analysis of Worker Organizing Campaigns in the U.S. and China.” In Forrest Briscoe, Brayden King, and Jocelyn M. Leitzinger eds., Social Movements, Stakeholders, and Non-Market Strategy. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing.


Elfstrom, Manfred. 2017. “Counting Contention.” Made in China: A Quarterly on Chinese Labour, Civil Society, and Rights 2(4):  16-19.

Book Reviews

Elfstrom, Manfred. 2016. “Review of Police Reform in China by Kam C. Wong.” Journal of Chinese Political Science 21(2): 263-264.

Elfstrom, Manfred. 2012. “Power in Coalition : Strategies for Strong Unions and Social Change by Amanda Tattersall.” Industrial and Labor Relations Review 65(4): 1000–1001.


Becker, Jeffrey, and Manfred Elfstrom. 2010. The Impact of China’s Labor Contract Law on Workers. Washington, D.C.: International Labor Rights Forum.

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Media and Blogs

Contributing to debates outside academia is important to me. I recently argued for greater solidarity between American and Chinese workers in the face of rising trade tensions in a piece for The Daily Beast. In addition, I have spoken about Chinese labor issues on Illinois Public Radio, WMNF 88.5 in Tampa, and Rising Up with Sonali, and I have been quoted by CNN (here and here).  In a post at the China Policy Institute Blog, I discuss the growth of labor NGOs and trade union reforms in “the workshop of the world.” And I address the opportunities—and challenges—of data sets like China Strikes and of the spatial analysis of politics more generally in a piece in Dissertation Reviews.

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