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Poverty and inequality and social policy in China

Li, Bingqin and Piachaud, David (2004) Poverty and inequality and social policy in China. CASEpaper (87). Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, London, UK.

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Despite prolonged economic growth, poverty has become a more notable and noted feature of Chinese society. The paper examines three phases of development since the foundation of the People’s Republic: the central planning era (1949 –1978); the pro-urban growth model (1978 – 1999); and more recent changes (1999 – 2004). For each phase the nature of the economic and social policies are described and the effects on poverty and inequality are examined. The limitations of a social policy that is subservient to the economic strategy are considered. The alternative of a model of social development based on the livelihood approach is analysed and its potential to reduce poverty and inequality are considered.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2004 Bingqin Li and David Piachaud
Divisions: Social Policy
Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I3 - Welfare and Poverty
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2008 08:47
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 11:35

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