Social Welfare in China

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dc.contributor.author Rutten, Koen
dc.date.accessioned 2010-03-04
dc.date.accessioned 2010-03-04T08:59:35Z
dc.date.available 2010-03-04T08:59:35Z
dc.date.issued 2010-03-04
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10398/8018
dc.description.abstract The ‘Scientific Development Concept’, promulgated by Hu Jintao in 2007 articulated the increased eminence of social development in official ideology. The shift from political and economic objectives towards social factors can be explained by growing concerns over the current negative externalities of China’s economic growth, the long and midterm sustainability of its economic development model and the implications thereof for social stability and political legitimacy. An immediate priority has been to formulate and implement a response to mitigate the disruptive effects of the transition to a market economy. Such a response must cover a wide array of social issues, ranging from provision of health, education and infrastructure, pension to unemployment insurance and poverty alleviation. The welfare issue is characterized by high degrees of complexity and interdependency between endogenous factors and exogenous political and economic variables. Improvements are further confounded by the high decentralization of administration, regional disparities and the sheer size of operations. Although progress has been made on most fronts, it remains to be seen whether recent initiatives will prove sufficient to meet China’s social challenges. In this paper, I provide a summary of the academic literature on post-reform development of the welfare system. I will give an overview of its most salient problems, initiatives and their preliminary outcomes. Finally, I will present some concluding remarks and provide suggestions for future research. en_US
dc.format.extent 37 s. en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.publisher Asia Research Centre en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Discussion Papers;32
dc.subject.other China en_US
dc.subject.other Social Welfare en_US
dc.subject.other Economic Transition en_US
dc.subject.other Rural-Urban Dichotomy en_US
dc.subject.other Equality en_US
dc.title Social Welfare in China en_US
dc.type wp en_US
dc.accessionstatus modt10mar04 mamo en_US
dc.contributor.corporation Copenhagen Business School. CBS en_US
dc.contributor.department Asia Research Centre en_US
dc.contributor.departmentshort ARC en_US
dc.contributor.departmentuk Asia Research Centre en_US
dc.contributor.departmentukshort ARC en_US
dc.idnumber x656600240 en_US
dc.publisher.city Frederiksberg en_US
dc.publisher.year 2010 en_US
dc.title.subtitle The role of equity in the transition from egalitarianism to capitalism en_US


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