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Chinese Social Policy in a Time of Transition

Douglas Besharov and Karen Baehler


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 way toward 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)e ... More

Keywords: China, Economic liberalization, Market transition, Rural migration, Health care policy, Education policy, Employment policy, Social policy, Social protection, Welfare state

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199990313
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199990313.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Douglas Besharov, editor
University of Maryland School of Public Policy

Karen Baehler, editor
American University

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