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Social policy and well-being

Chak Kwan Chan, King Lun Ngok and David Phillips

in Social policy in China

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9781861348807
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303411 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861348807.003.0002
Social policy and well-being

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This chapter explores contemporary approaches to assessing ‘well-being’, including the use of Gross Domestic Product, the Human Development Index, subjective well-being, social quality and the Phillips' quality of life approach. It also examines human nature and its relationship to Chan and Bowpitt's human dignity framework, and the use of a modified version of Chan and Bowpitt's human dignity framework for assessing the impact of China's welfare reforms on the well-being of Chinese people. Subjective well-being can play a significant role in assessing quality of life. Its study can, to some extent, reveal the inadequacy of public policies for achieving social inclusion. Citizenship provides a bridge to five collective core attributes of quality of life. It is only through a framework oriented to both human nature and human needs and the inclusion of various types of welfare experiences that the quality of life of citizens can be effectively appraised.

Keywords: social policy; Gross Domestic Product; Human Development Index; subjective well-being; social quality; China; human dignity framework; welfare reforms

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