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Comparative Development and Policy in Asia


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China's Social Welfare Revolution: Contracting Out Social Services

China's Social Welfare Revolution: Contracting Out Social Services

1st Edition

Jie Lei, Chak Kwan Chan
May 23, 2018

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...

Trends in Chinese Education

Trends in Chinese Education

1st Edition

Chen Hongjie, W. James Jacob
April 20, 2018

This book considers a wide range of key developments and key areas of debate in China’s education system. Marketization, quality assurance, and issues of inequality and gender are all discussed, as are expansion in the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors, the impact of globalization, and the...

China's Social Policy: Transformation and Challenges

China's Social Policy: Transformation and Challenges

1st Edition

Kinglun Ngok, Chak Kwan Chan
January 12, 2018

This book critically and comprehensively examines China’s welfare development amidst its rapid economic growth and increasing social tensions. It covers the main policy areas from China’s inception of the open door policy in 1978 to the new administration of Jinping Xi and Keqiang Li, including...

New Life Courses, Social Risks and Social Policy in East Asia

New Life Courses, Social Risks and Social Policy in East Asia

1st Edition

Raymond K. H. Chan, Jens Zinn, Lih-Rong Wang
January 12, 2018

Social policy in modern industrialised societies is increasingly challenged by new social risks. These include insecure employment resulting from ever more volatile labour markets, new family and gender relationships resulting from the growing participation of women in the labour market, and the...

The Changing Policy-Making Process in Greater China: Case research from Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong

The Changing Policy-Making Process in Greater China: Case research from Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong

1st Edition

Bennis Wai Yip So, Yuang-kuang Kao
May 10, 2017

This book explores how the policy-making process is changing in the very volatile conditions of present day mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. It considers the overall background conditions – the need to rebalance in mainland China after years of hectic economic growth; governance transition and...

Hong Kong's Global Financial Centre and China's Development: Changing Roles and Future Prospects

Hong Kong's Global Financial Centre and China's Development: Changing Roles and Future Prospects

1st Edition

Yan-leung Cheung, Yuk-shing Cheng, Chi-keung Woo
December 13, 2016

This book provides an overview of Hong Kong’s role as an international financial centre, focusing especially on how Hong Kong has contributed significantly, and continues to contribute significantly, to China’s economic development. It considers the importance of Hong Kong’s stock market in raising...

Government and Policy-Making Reform in China: The Implications of Governing Capacity

Government and Policy-Making Reform in China: The Implications of Governing Capacity

1st Edition

Bill K.P. Chou
July 28, 2016

China’s rapid economic development has not translated automatically into political development, with many of its institutions still in need of major reform. In the post-Mao era, despite the decentralization of local government with significant administrative and fiscal authority, China’s government...

Towards a New Development Paradigm in Twenty-First Century China: Economy, Society and Politics

Towards a New Development Paradigm in Twenty-First Century China: Economy, Society and Politics

1st Edition

Eric Florence, Pierre Defraigne
July 20, 2016

This book argues that the current state of China requires an important paradigm shift in the way the party-state manages the country’s development, and goes on to assess the fitness of the party-state for implementing such a paradigm shift and the likelihood of the party-state bringing this about....

Towards Responsible Government in East Asia: Trajectories, Intentions and Meanings

Towards Responsible Government in East Asia: Trajectories, Intentions and Meanings

1st Edition

Linda Chelan Li
May 20, 2016

This book explores the idea of responsible government in East Asia, arguing that many recent governance crises have resulted from responsibility failures on a huge scale.  It distinguishes between accountability, which it argues has been overemphasised recently, and responsibility, which it...

China's Assimilationist Language Policy: The Impact on Indigenous/Minority Literacy and Social Harmony

China's Assimilationist Language Policy: The Impact on Indigenous/Minority Literacy and Social Harmony

1st Edition

Gulbahar H. Beckett, Gerard A. Postiglione
March 03, 2016

China has huge ethnic minorities – over 40 different groups with a total population of over 100 million.  Over time China’s policies towards minority languages have varied, changing from policies which have accommodated minority languages to policies which have encouraged integration.  At...

Nations, National Narratives and Communities in the Asia-Pacific

Nations, National Narratives and Communities in the Asia-Pacific

1st Edition

Norman Vasu, Yolanda Chin, Kam-yee Law
February 01, 2016

Many states in the Asia Pacific region are not built around a single homogenous people, but rather include many large, varied, different national groups. This book explores how states in the region attempt to develop commonality and a nation and the difficulties that arise. It discusses the...

Governance for Harmony in Asia and Beyond

Governance for Harmony in Asia and Beyond

1st Edition

Julia Tao, Anthony B. L. Cheung, Martin Painter, Chenyang Li
December 21, 2015

Harmony has become a major challenge for modern governance in the twenty-first century because of the multi-religious, multi-racial and multi-ethnic character of our increasingly globalized societies. Governments all over the world are facing growing pressure to integrate the many diverse elements...

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