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Social policy in ChinaDevelopment and well-being$
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Chak Kwan Chan

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348807

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348807.001.0001

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China’s social policy: background and issues

China’s social policy: background and issues

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(p.3) one China’s social policy: background and issues
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Social policy in China
Author(s):

Chak Kwan Chan

King Lun Ngok

David Phillips

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861348807.003.0001

This book explores the extent of Chinese people's well-being, based on the development of five key policy areas: social security, labour, health, education and housing. The issues that are central to a better understanding of Chinese social policy are addressed. In China, a person's life chances in terms of job opportunities and public service entitlements are determined by the Household Registration System (HRS). In today's China, the division of residency contributes to the division of welfare provision among Chinese citizens. A Reemployment Service Centre (RSC) is a transitional shelter for workers before they move into the open job market. Social security in China is not limited to financial assistance but includes social insurance, social welfare, the special care and placement systems, social relief and housing services. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in this book is provided.

Keywords:   China, social policy, social security, labour, health, education, housing

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