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Social Policy in Challenging TimesEconomic Crisis and Welfare Systems$
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Kevin Farnsworth and Zoe Irving

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428288

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428288.001.0001

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China's response to crisis: what role for social policy?

China's response to crisis: what role for social policy?

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Social Policy in Challenging Times

Sarah Cook

Wing Lam

Policy Press

This chapter examines the way in which social policy has been used during the crisis response and recovery in China. It starts by asking whether China's leadership has been able to use social policies effectively in its response: first to meet the immediate needs of individuals or localities most severely affected by crisis; and second, but more significantly, to help smooth a transition to the stated objectives of economic rebalancing through more sustainable, consumption-led growth. Through a review of policies and expenditures, and, where possible, evidence about local implementation and outcomes, the chapter identifies areas of progress as well as institutional bottlenecks to the implementation of policies, which potentially limit the role of social policies in facilitating a shift to an alternative economic development path.

Keywords:   China, social policy, crisis, fiscal stimulus, economic restructuring, employment promotion, social protection

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