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China's Social Welfare Revolution

Contracting Out Social Services, 1st Edition

Edited by Jie Lei, Chak Kwan Chan


170 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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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.

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

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Comparative Development and Policy in Asia

The primary aim of this series is to publish original, high quality, research level work, by both new and established scholars in the West and East, on all aspects of development and policy in Asia. 

The scope of the series is broad, and aims to cover both comparative and single country studies, including work from a range of disciplines.  With particular reference to how Asian states have coped with the growing challenges of globalising economies and the ways in which national governments in Asia have changed their public policy strategies and governance models in order to sustain further economic growth, the series will bring together development studies, and public policy and governance analysis, and will cover subjects such as: economic development; governance models; the factors underpinning the immense economic achievements of different countries; the social, political, cultural, and environmental implications of economic restructuring; public policy reforms; technological and educational innovation; international co-operation; and the fate and political impact of people who have been excluded from the growth.  The series will include both empirical material and comparative analysis; and both single authored books and edited collections.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General