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Social Policy Review 24Analysis and debate in social policy, 2012$
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Majella Kilkey and Gaby Ramia

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781447304470

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447304470.001.0001

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China's developmental model in Africa: a new era for global social policy?

China's developmental model in Africa: a new era for global social policy?

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(p.183) Nine China's developmental model in Africa: a new era for global social policy?
Source:
Social Policy Review 24
Author(s):

Marian Urbina Ferretjans

Rebecca Surender

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447304470.003.0010

Sino-African cooperation embraces not only trade and foreign direct investment, but a ‘social dimension’ also, including expenditure on health and education. However, the ‘Chinese approach of social welfare appears to be mediated under a different set of normative premises, institutional actors, and policy mechanisms from traditional development partners. Based on in-depth elite interviews, and a systematic content analysis of key policy documents, this research examines both the nature and implications of the emerging Chinese “social policy model” in Africa. Located within global social policy discourses and focusing on the role of policy actors, the analysis investigates how welfare and social policy is conceptualized in China-Africa development aid cooperation. The study explores the implications for our understanding of traditional debates concerning the drivers of social policy development, as well as the extent to which these ideas represent a new policy paradigm or merely repeat earlier debates.

Keywords:   Global social policy, Social policy in developing countries, South-South social cooperation, China-Africa, Social development paradigm

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