Chinese Social Policy in a Time of Transition
Edited by Douglas Besharov and Karen Baehler
Reviews and Awards
"Douglas J. Besharov and Karen Baehler have teamed up to put together an impressive collective of cutting-edge research on various aspects of social policy in contemporary China. There is something for everyone interested in rapidly changing China. " -- M Ramesh, PhD, Chair Professor of Governance and Public Policy, Hong Kong Institute of Education.
"This book takes on an important and interesting topic. Massive transitions in Chinese society, and therefore transitions in social policy, ask for extensive research. The world lacks an updated understanding of China's social policies. The book includes all the important topics of social policy, pension, health policy, housing, education, children, disabled, etc. This book can provide a comprehensive overview on the wide scope of social policies." -- Xiaojiang Hu, PhD, Vice Dean, and Associate Professor, School of Social Development and Public Policy; Beijing Normal University
"...a worthy read for several reasons. First, within each theme, the chapters and the overall conclusion provide a nice overview of current academic and policy thinking in general and for Europe in particular. Second, the concluding chapter of the theme continues adding insights because it critically reviews the arguments seen through a US lens. Thirdly and more subtly, the book reveals differences in American and European perspectives on issues such as solidarity (federal vs. national), distributing benefits from economic growth (less vs. more equal), the use of official poverty lines (program eligibility vs. broad strategic goals), and the definition of poverty (low income vs. social exclusion). As politics and policy are never far removed from poverty measurement, it is this characteristic of the book that makes it a relevant read, not only for a US audience but also for a European audience."--International Journal of Social Welfare