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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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Social policy and well-being

Social policy and well-being

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(p.15) two Social policy and well-being
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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/9781861348807.003.0002

This chapter explores contemporary approaches to assessing ‘well-being’, including the use of Gross Domestic Product, the Human Development Index, subjective well-being, social quality and the Phillips' quality of life approach. It also examines human nature and its relationship to Chan and Bowpitt's human dignity framework, and the use of a modified version of Chan and Bowpitt's human dignity framework for assessing the impact of China's welfare reforms on the well-being of Chinese people. Subjective well-being can play a significant role in assessing quality of life. Its study can, to some extent, reveal the inadequacy of public policies for achieving social inclusion. Citizenship provides a bridge to five collective core attributes of quality of life. It is only through a framework oriented to both human nature and human needs and the inclusion of various types of welfare experiences that the quality of life of citizens can be effectively appraised.

Keywords:   social policy, Gross Domestic Product, Human Development Index, subjective well-being, social quality, China, human dignity framework, welfare reforms

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