Social and economic rights, law and order, women’s rights, and cultural rights

Randall Peerenboom

in China Modernizes

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780199226122
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191696183 | DOI:
Social and economic rights, law and order, women’s rights, and cultural rights

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This chapter discusses China's performance on social and economic rights and other indicators of the quality of life including poverty, infant mortality, life expectancy, primary school enrollment, and government expenditures on education, health, and the military. The section on law and order examines the crime rates and the number of drug users, suicides, divorces, and young mothers. The section on women's rights and cultural rights gives a mixed picture. The chapter concludes that the citizens enjoy a range of freedoms. They are free to join most social organizations with access to information and public participation. However, such freedoms are subject to restraints when social and political stability is threatened.

Keywords: China; economic rights; social rights; quality of life; crime rates; freedom; political stability; government expenditure; public participation

Chapter.  11882 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management

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