China's Social Welfare Revolution: Contracting Out Social Services

1st Edition

Jie Lei, Chak Kwan Chan

Published May 23, 2018
Reference - 170 Pages - 6 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138242999 - CAT# Y312220
Series: Comparative Development and Policy in Asia


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The Chinese government has recently adopted a radical welfare approach by contracting out social services to non-governmental organisations (NGOs). This is a big departure from its traditional welfare model, whereby all public services were directly delivered by government agencies. This book examines this new welfare approach. It analyses the implementation of various types of services for individuals, families and communities – including medical social services, care of the elderly, probation services and much more. It discusses important issues arising from contracting out, considers the nature of the contracted NGOs and their services, and explores major problems encountered by both government agencies and NGOs. This book also compares the similarities and differences of contracting policies in different cities. Overall, the book provides an overview of one of the most important welfare policy changes in contemporary China.

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