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Contracting welfare services to social organizations in China: multiple logics

Qu, Yuanyuan, Howell, Jude and Enjuto Martinez, Regina ORCID: 0000-0002-5472-0287 (2023) Contracting welfare services to social organizations in China: multiple logics. China Quarterly, 253. 123 - 140. ISSN 0305-7410

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0305741022001680


As part of a broader direction of welfare and governance reforms, China has launched a policy to contract welfare services out to social organizations. Scholars have explored the implementation of the policy in a few socioeconomically advanced cities such as Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Shanghai. In this article, we examine how local governments lacking nongovernmental services suppliers or resources for contracting respond to the policy. We developed a framework of multiple logics to analyse services contracting in a county-level city in eastern China. We found that local officials follow three logics in implementing the policy: to meet the central state's targets, to balance policy outcomes and risks, and to stimulate a more participatory society. This generates a mix of policy behaviour, including entrepreneurialism, welfarism, innovation, risk-sharing and collaboration. We thus argue the interplay of the logics determines the local policy process of services contracting in China.

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Additional Information: © 2022 The Authors
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2023 14:33
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2024 01:36

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