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Resident evaluation and expectation of social services in Guangzhou

Bewertung von Seiten der Bürger und Erwartungen im Hinblick auf soziale Dienste in Guangzhou
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Mok, Ka Ho; Huang, Genghua

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Abstract "China's welfare system is a typical 'residual welfare regime', which did not manifest too many flaws in the planned economy era. However, economic reform and market-oriented transformations in recent decades have shaken the original well-balanced 'residual' and 'needs' pattern. The decline of the 'work unit system' has led to two consequences: First, it radically transformed the social and economic structures, which gave rise to increased and diversified needs of social welfare. Second, the government is being pressed to shoulder more responsibility for social welfare provisions. This article adopts a case study approach to examine changing social welfare needs and expectations in Guangzhou, a relatively developed city in southern China. With particular focus on the major strategies adopted by the Guangzhou government in addressing people's welfare needs, this article critically examines how far the new measures have met the changing welfare expectations of citizens in mainland China." (author's abstract)
Keywords China; welfare; welfare economics; welfare state; transformation; market economy; strategy; regional development; regional integration; expectation; evaluation; economic reform; social policy; Far East; developing country; Asia
Classification Political System, Constitution, Government; Economic Policy
Method applied research; descriptive study; empirical; quantitative empirical
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages p. 7-28
Journal Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 42 (2013) 3
Issue topic Local autonomy and welfare policy in greater China
ISSN 1868-4874
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works