Book Project

Resistance, Repression, Responsiveness: Workers and Change in China (under review).

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Elfstrom, Manfred. Forthcoming. “Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: Chinese State Reactions to Labour Unrest.” China Quarterly.

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.

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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