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Politics and Policy in China's Social Assistance Reform: Providing for the Poor?

Daniel R. Hammond


Every day in the People's Republic of China tens of millions of people receive help from the state through the minimum livelihood guarantee (dibao). What began as a reform in the city of Shanghai in the early 1990s is now a key component in the measures used by the Communist Party of China to maintain social stability and legitimacy. While scholars regularly discuss how effective dibao has been in alleviating poverty very little addresses what influenced its development. This book argues that in order to understand dibao we need to look at how the programme emerged and how it has developed in ... More

Keywords: China, Social assistance, Minimum income guarantee, Policy, Dibao

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781474420112
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474420112.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel R. Hammond, author
University of Edinburgh