1st Edition

China's Social Welfare Revolution Contracting Out Social Services

Edited By Jie Lei, Chak Kwan Chan Copyright 2018
    170 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    178 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.