Social policy in China

Development and well-being

Chak Kwan Chan, Kinglun Ngok, and David Phillips

Social policy in China

Chak Kwan Chan, Kinglun Ngok, and David Phillips

Distributed for Bristol University Press

248 pages | © 2008
Paper $45.95 ISBN: 9781861348807 Published February 2008 For sale in North and South America only
This much-needed new textbook introduces readers to the development of China’s welfare polices since its conception of an open-door policy in 1978. Setting out basic concepts and issues, including key terms and the process of policy making, it overcomes a major barrier to understanding Chinese social policy. The book explores in detail the five key policy areas of employment, social security, health, education and housing. Each is examined using a human well-being framework comprising both qualitative and quantitative data and eight dimensions: physical and psychological well-being, social integration, fulfilment of caring duties, human learning and development, self-determination, equal value and just polity. This enables the authors to provide not only factual information on policies but also an in-depth understanding of the impact of welfare changes on the quality of life of Chinese people over the past three decades. A major strength of the book lies in its use of primary Chinese language sources, including relevant White Papers, central and local government policy documents, academic research studies and newspapers for each policy area. There are very few books in English on social policy in China, and this book will be welcomed both by academics and students of China and East Asian studies and comparative social policy and by those who want to know more about China’s social development.

Part one: Background and framework: China’s social policy: background and issues
Social policy and well-being
Social policy in the context of economic reforms
The making of social policy in China

Part two: Key policy areas and well-being: Social security policy
Labour policy
Health policy
Education policy
Housing policy

Part three: Conclusion: Welfare reform and well-being

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