The Politics of Social Welfare Reform in Urban China: Social Welfare Preferences and Reform Policies

  title={The Politics of Social Welfare Reform in Urban China: Social Welfare Preferences and Reform Policies},
  author={Xianguo Huang},
  journal={Journal of Chinese Political Science},
  • Xianguo Huang
  • Published 1 March 2013
  • Economics
  • Journal of Chinese Political Science
China’s social welfare reform since the mid-1980s has been characterized as incremental and fragmented in three dimensions—social insurance, privatization, and targeting. This paper attempts to explore the micro-foundation of China’s urban social welfare reform by examining the diverse social welfare preferences and the cleavages among societal groups. It argues that the diversity of the societal groups’ preferences for social welfare has given rise to two lines of cleavage in urban China with… 
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