1st Edition

China's Pension Reforms Political Institutions, Skill Formation and Pension Policy in China

By Ke Meng Copyright 2019
    264 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    264 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Existing literature has looked at many factors which have shaped Chinese pension reforms. As China’s pension reform proceeds in an expanding and localising fashion, this book argues that there is a pressing need to examine it in the context of China’s political institutions and economic transformations. The book takes a unique approach by looking at political institutions of the Chinese state and the changing conditions of the Chinese economy, which rarely receive proper treatment in the current analysis of China’s pension reforms.

    1. Introduction: Learning about China through its Pension Reforms

    2. Explaining Pension Reform in China: The Relevance of Welfare State Development Theories

    3. Political Institutions, Economic Conditions, and Pension Policy in China: A Theoretical Argument

    4. Research Methodology: How do we Study China (And its Pension System)

    5. The Economic Story: How does the Chinese Pension System Help Economic Growth Through Skill Formation and Labour Retention

    6. The Political Story: How do Chinese Political Institutions Shape the Pension System?

    7. Conclusion: Economic Rebalancing and the Future of China’s Pension System


    Ke Meng is Assistant Professor at the School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University.