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Daniel R. Hammond

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474420112

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474420112.001.0001

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(p.132) Conclusion
Politics and Policy in China's Social Assistance Reform

Daniel R. Hammond

Edinburgh University Press

In the final chapter of the book I bring the different aspects of diabo’s development, implementation and consolidation explored in the preceding chapters together. First, I provide an explanation for the development of dibao which draws both on the arguments presented in the book and engages with the literature published on the programme. Following this, I offer some concluding thoughts regarding the future direction of the dibao programme, arguing that the programme’s policy journey is not quite complete. To broaden the discussion I also offer some policy suggestions for ensuring the programme’s long-term viability if that is what is deemed desirable. To finish the chapter I discuss how the book contributes to wider discussions on China and policy studies, some thoughts regarding further research in this area (both dibao, social policy and policy making in China), and final thoughts regarding the programme and the research which has been presented.

Keywords:   Dibao, China, Minimum livelihood guarantee, Urban, Rural, Research, China Studies, Comparative social policy

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