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Dismantling the ‘Iron Rice Bowl’: Welfare Reforms in the People's Republic of China*

  • Joe C. B. Leung
Abstract

In common with most countries in the world, China is facing an increasing demand for welfare. The free-market economic reforms of the last decade have dramatically transformed social policy in China, which is gradually retreating from an egalitarian and collective approach and moving towards a pluralistic and ‘residual’ orientation. Now, widening income inequalities are accepted as both necessary and inevitable.

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  • EISSN: 1469-7823
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