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This book critically and comprehensively examines China’s welfare development amidst its rapid economic growth and increasing social tensions. It covers the main policy areas from China’s inception of the open door policy in 1978 to the new administration of Jinping Xi and Keqiang Li, including social security, health, education, housing, employment, rural areas, migrant workers, children and young people, disabled people, old age pensions and non-governmental organisations. In particular, it critically analyses the impact of policy changes on the well-being of Chinese people
As China?s strengthening economy consolidates, there is increasing demand for China to improve its social policies in order to address problems of inequality, deprivation and social cohesion. This book presents a comprehensive overview of China?s social policies. It covers all aspects of social policy including education, housing, family and youth policy, policy for disabled people, social welfare, and old age pensions; examines the progress in these areas made under the leadership of Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao (2003 to 2013); and assesses the challenges facing the incoming leadership of Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang.