Death versus GDP! Decoding the fatality indicators on work safety regulation in Post-Deng China

Research output: Conference Papers (RGC: 31A, 31B, 32, 33)33_Other conference paperNot applicable

View graph of relations

Author(s)

Related Research Unit(s)

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 11 Mar 2011

Conference

TitlePublic Administration without Borders
PlaceUnited States
CityBaltimore
Period11 - 15 March 2011

Abstract

This article examines how the Chinese reformers have used a set of “fatality indicators” to deal with the serious work safety situation in the past two decades. It argues that the system of the fatality indicators is a prudent strategy to tackle the responsibility deficiencies in the previous work safety regulatory system and strengthen the central government’s supervision over local safety management. The primary purpose of implementing the fatality indicators is to shift local officials’ focus from a GDP-centered growth mode to a new mindset of achieving a balance between economic development and social stability in local governance. The paper also indicates that the declining work-related fatalities in recent years are evidence of the effectiveness of the fatality indicators. These achievements aside, the introduction of fatality indicators is closely associated with the increase in local officials’ dishonest reporting of real death tolls and the fluctuation in very serious accidents.

Citation Format(s)

Death versus GDP! Decoding the fatality indicators on work safety regulation in Post-Deng China. / Chan, Hon S; GAO, Jie.

2011. Public Administration without Borders, Baltimore, United States.

Research output: Conference Papers (RGC: 31A, 31B, 32, 33)33_Other conference paperNot applicable