The study of contemporary China constitutes a fascinating yet challenging area of scholarly inquiry. Recent decades have brought dramatic changes to China's economy, society and governance. Analyzing such changes in the context of multiple disciplinary perspectives offers opportunites as well as challenges for scholars in the field known as contemporary China Studies. The SAGE Handbook of Contemporary China is a two-volume exploration of the transformations of contemporary China, firmly grounded in the both disciplinary and China-specific contexts. Drawing on a range of scholarly approaches found in the social sciences and history, an international team of contributors engage with the question of what a rapidly changing China means for the broader field of contemporary China studies, and identify areas of promising future research. Part 1: Context: History, Economy, and the Environment Part 2: Economic Transformations Part 3: Politics and Government Part 4: China on the Global Stage Part 5: China's Foreign Policy Part 6: National and Nested Identities Part 7: Urbanization and Spatial Development Part 8: Poverty and Inequality Part 9: Social Change Part 10: Future Directions for Contemporary China Studies

Social Welfare

Social Welfare

Social Welfare
Daniel Hammond


Social welfare is a key component of the various measures the modern state is expected to deliver, whether that state is democratic or authoritarian. The specifics of what social welfare is, why it might be implemented in the first place, the general model or regime type, and what kind of programmes are put into practice as a consequence of policy decisions varies according to the country being examined. The People's Republic of China (China or PRC hereafter) is notable because its system of social welfare has experienced a developmental history which marks it out from the widely accepted models or regime types (Esping-Andersen, 1990). It is also of interest because, as with many things in ...

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