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China's Social Welfare Revolution
Contracting Out Social Services

Edited By

Jie Lei


Chak Kwan Chan

ISBN 9780367444808
Published March 31, 2021 by Routledge
170 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors

List of abbreviations

1. Introduction: Contracting Out Social Services in China

Chak Kwan Chan

2. Community Building in Beijing

Yean Wang , Huan Zhang, and Ziyu Liu

3. Integrated Family Services in Guangzhou

Wei Lu and Tian Cai

4. Drug Rehabilitation Services in Shenzhen

Xiaofeng Li and Jiapeng Lin

5. Medical Social Work in Foshan

Agnes Koon-Chui Law

6. Elderly Services in Wuhan

Yu Cheung Wong and Ren Wang

7. Services for Migrant Workers in Jinhua

Xiao Li

8. Probation Services in Shanghai

Fang Zhao

9. Services for Disabled People in Xiamen

Yiping Ke

10. Conclusion: Similarities and Differences of Contracting Out Social Services in China

Jie Lei and Tian Cai

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Jie Lei is Associate Professor in Social Work as well as Deputy Director of the Centre for Social Work Education and Research at Sun Yat-sen University, China.

Chak Kwan Chan is Reader in Social Policy at Nottingham Trent University, UK.