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

Sarah Cook and Wing Lam

in Social Policy in Challenging Times

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9781847428288
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447305521 | DOI:
China's response to crisis: what role for social policy?

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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

Chapter.  7436 words. 

Subjects: Economic Sociology

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