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Journal of Chinese Political Science

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 179–180 | Cite as

Qin Gao, ed., Welfare, Work, and Poverty: Social Assistance in China

(New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2017), 176p. $59.95 Hardback.
  • Feng WangEmail author
Book Review

Observers of China’s recent transformations are easily impressed by the dazzling structures erected above the ground in the last few decades: skyscrapers, highways, bullet trains, new airports and train stations of massive scales. The post-reform Chinese society, however, will also be judged ultimately by what has been built under the ground, and structures that are not in physical forms and easily seen by the naked eyes. One such structure is a social safety net that is compatible with China’s new economic order. Reforms in China that began four decades ago have rendered the old system of social benefits delivery obsolete. Building a new safety net has become increasingly critical for maintaining social stability, and for the post-reform Chinese state to justify its political legitimacy.

The earliest and a core program that laid the foundation and served as the testing ground for China’s emerging new social welfare system forms the subject of Qin Gao’s book, China’s Minimum Livelihood...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of CaliforniaIrvineUSA

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