Social Protection, Economic Growth and Social Change

Social Protection, Economic Growth and Social Change

Goals, Issues and Trajectories in China, India, Brazil and South Africa

Edited by James Midgley and David Piachaud

This highly original and thought-provoking book examines the recent expansion of social protection in China, India, Brazil and South Africa – four countries experiencing rapid economic growth and social change.

Chapter 4: Current approaches to social protection in China

Yapeng Zhu

Subjects: development studies, development economics, development studies, social policy and sociology, comparative social policy, economics of social policy, social policy in emerging countries


Alongside profound economic, social and demographic changes, the Chinese social protection system has also undergone profound changes in the past decades. In order to address various social problems and poverty resulting from the transition to marketization and social transformation, the government has introduced several new social protection measures, especially after the global financial crisis. This chapter examines current approaches to social protection and reviews their preliminary impacts on meeting social needs of vulnerable groups and to poverty alleviation.

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