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China's New Social Security System in Making: Problems and Prospects

Li, Jieli, Feng, Yi, Gizelis, Theodora-Ismene (2008) China's New Social Security System in Making: Problems and Prospects. International Journal of Public Administration, 31 (1). pp. 5-23. ISSN 0190-0692. (doi:10.1080/01900690601052498) (KAR id:3534)


China’s welfare regime has been historically characterized by its structural

arrangement, distinguishing itself from that of many other countries. The major difference

lies in the efforts made by the Chinese government to build up a social safety-net

to be compatible not merely with societal needs but more critically with its unique

political structure to ensure its legitimacy and stability are unchallenged. We argue that

while ensuring political stability continues to remain as a policy priority, China’s current

welfare restructuring is being confronted by freed-up market forces that make it

more difficult to acheive a delicate balance between where the needs are and how

resources are allocated.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/01900690601052498
Uncontrolled keywords: resource, social security system, institutional constraints, welfare transfer
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Ismene Gizelis
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2009 13:05 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 09:42 UTC
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