Globalizing Welfare
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Globalizing Welfare

An Evolving Asian-European Dialogue

Edited by Stein Kuhnle, Per Selle and Sven E.O. Hort

From the welfare state’s origins in Europe, the idea of human welfare being organized through a civilized, institutionalized and uncorrupt state has caught the imagination of social activists and policy-makers around the world. This is particularly influential where rapid social development is taking place amidst growing social and gender inequality. This book reflects on the growing academic and political interest in global social policy and ‘globalizing welfare’, and pays particular attention to developments in Northern European and North-East Asian countries.
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Chapter 3: China’s welfare state building

Yuan Ren


This chapter discusses the challenges and future efforts concerning China’s welfare state building. Firstly, the author illustrates the challenges and necessities of improving people’s well-being accompanying economic development and social transformation. Secondly, the author uses a triple dimension framework illustrating how good welfare state building in China in coming decade could be envisioned. Thirdly, the author makes some comparative references to studies of the Nordic welfare model and reflects on the compatibility of the Nordic welfare experience with the experience of China. And, finally, the author compares different characteristics of welfare patterns and instruments in the world, and in this light discusses China’s welfare state building.

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