Social Policy in China: Development and Well-being

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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.

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Chak Kwan Chan, Division of Criminology, Public Health and Policy Studies, Nottingham Trent University, Kinglun Ngok, School of Government, Sun Yat-Sen University and David Phillips, Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield

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This book presents systematic illustration of changes to Chinese social policy as it adapts to the market economy, and how it confronts the new social problems that accompany rapid economic growth. It will be a useful introductory text for those studying Chinese social policy. Professor Shogo Takegawa, Department of Sociology, University of Tokyo, and Chair of the East Asian Social Policy Research Network

.....the book is a valuable addition to the English language literature on social policy in China. It provides a general over-view of five major social policy areas, with critical assessment delivered through a framework emphasizing human development and well-being. British Journal of Social Work.

...a ground-breaking book. It is not only important in terms of the amount of information provided but also in terms of how to examine the massive reform efforts in China......It should be on the reading lists for all students and scholars interested in social policy and social development in China. Social Policy & Administration, Vol 42: 5, 2008

As a textbook it provides an excellent tool for teachers of undergraduates and postgraduates who are new to either China or social welfare reform. For those who are already familiar with the topic, the text will be of more interest because of the human well-being framework used - especially the introduction of the 'just polity' requirement. China Quarterly, Vol 195, 2008

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