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Explaining China’s 21st century social policies

When May 09, 2018
from 05:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Where Rooms 8 & 9
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Contact Phone 01223 338331
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China Research Seminar talk given by Prof. Jane Duckett, University of Glasgow.

Why, counter to the expectations of both Chinese studies and political science theory, did the Chinese party-state extend social security programmes to rural dwellers in the first decade of the 21st century? Did the Chinese leadership fear rural protest? Were leadership factions competing for power, or bureaucratic agencies pursuing institutional interests? Or was a benevolent dictatorship simply solving rural social problems? This talk considers the evidence for all these explanations, as well as the role of hitherto neglected international and ideational influences.

Prof. Jane Duckett, FBA, is Edward Caird Chair of Politics at the University of Glasgow and Director of the Scottish Centre for China Research. Her early research on the Chinese state under market reform included a book-length study, The Entrepreneurial State in China (Routledge, 1998). She then (with Bill Miller) made a comparative study of public attitudes to openness in East Asia and Eastern Europe, published as The Open Economy and its Enemies (CUP, 2006). Her monograph, The Chinese State’s Retreat from Health: Policy and the Politics of Retrenchment (Routledge, hdbk 2011; pbk 2013) drew on comparative political theory to explain the Chinese state’s retrenchment in health care provision between the 1980s and 2003. She co-edited (with Beatriz Carrillo), China’s Changing Welfare Mix: Local Perspectives (Routledge, 2011), a book that investigated China’s evolving social welfare provision. She has also published papers in a wide range of journals, including World Development, Pacific Review, The China Quarterly, Modern China, Health Policy and Planning and Health Expectations.

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