Chinese Social Policy in a Time of Transition

Hardcover | July 2, 2013

EditorDouglas Besharov, Karen Baehler

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The story of China's spectacular economic growth is well known. Less well known is the country's equally dramatic, though not always equally successful, social policy transition. Between the mid- 1990s and mid-2000s - the focal period for this book - China's central government went a long waytoward consolidating the social policy framework that had gradually emerged in piecemeal fashion during the initial phases of economic liberalization. Major policy decisions during the focal period included adopting a single national pension plan for urban areas, standardizing unemployment insurance, (re)establishing nationwide rural health care coverage, opening urban education systems to children of rural migrants, introducing trilingualeducation policies in ethnic minority regions, expanding college enrolment, addressing the challenge of HIV/AIDS more comprehensively, and equalizing social welfare spending across provinces, among others. Unresolved is the direction of policy in the face of longer-term industrial and demographictrends - and the possibility of a chronically weak global economy. Chinese Social Policy in a Time of Transition offers scholars, practitioners, students, and policymakers a foundation from which to explore those issues based on a composite snapshot of Chinese social policy at its point of greatestmaturation prior to the 2007 global crisis.

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The story of China's spectacular economic growth is well known. Less well known is the country's equally dramatic, though not always equally successful, social policy transition. Between the mid- 1990s and mid-2000s - the focal period for this book - China's central government went a long waytoward consolidating the social policy frame...

Douglas J. Besharov is the Norman and Florence Brody Professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, where he teaches courses on poverty, welfare, children and families, policy analysis, program evaluation, and performance management. He is also a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, where he leads a program in inter...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:July 2, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Karen Baehler and Douglas J. Besharov: Introduction: Chinese Social Policy in a Time of Transition2. Jonathan London: Welfare Regimes in the Wake of State Socialism: China and Vietnam3. Qin Gao, Martin Evans, and Irwin Garfinkel: Social Benefits and Income Inequality in Post-Socialist China and Vietnam4. Barry Friedman: Social Security Policy in the Context of Evolving Employment Policy5. Juan Chen and Mary Gallagher: Urban Social Insurance Provision: Regional and Workplace Variations6. Song Gao and Xiangyi Meng: Health and Rural Cooperative Medical Insurance7. Xin Zhang: The Quest for Welfare Spending Equalization: A Fiscal Federalism Perspective8. Jing Guo: Financing Migrant Child Education9. Josephine Smart, Reeta Tremblay, and Mostaem Billah: Labor Migration, Citizenship, and Social Welfare in China and India10. Bob Adamson, Feng Anwei, Liu Quanguo, and Li Qian: Ethnic Minorities and Trilingual Education Policies11. Zhilin Liu and Yanwei Chai: Danwei, Family Ties, and Residential Mobility of Urban Elderly in Beijing12. Yuping Zhang and Emily Hannum: Marriage, Parenthood, and Labor Outcomes for Women and Men13. Wei-Jun Jean Yeung: Implications of the College Expansion Policy for Social Stratification14. Zunyou Wu, Sheena G. Sullivan, Yu Wang, Mary Jane Rotheram,and Roger Detels: The Evolving Response to HIV/AIDSIndex