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Providing Public Goods in Transitional China
Anthony Saich, Daewoo Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School
China’s leaders faced a major challenge to provide citizens with acceptable social welfare during the economic transition. They are confronted with building a new support system in the countryside, shifting the burden in urban China from the factory to the local state, and integrating new social groups, into existing systems. The book comprises a detailed study of healthcare, disease control, social insurance and social relief.
“Delivering social welfare service in an equitable and efficient way has emerged as a major challenge for the Chinese government. Professor Saich, a leading scholar on Chinese social policy, has provided a fascinating analysis of the challenges and difficulties in reshaping a new social welfare delivery system in China where partnership among the government, market, and the civil society is essential. The analysis is both informed and enriched by the author’s extensive experience in China and the detailed case studies of health care, dealing with pandemics, social insurance, and social assistance. It is a must read for anyone who is interested in contemporary Chinese social policy.”
-- Xue Lan, Professor of Public Policy and Management and Executive Vice President , Development Research Academy for the 21st Century, Tsinghua University
“The dark side of China’s extraordinary growth has been the collapse of obsolete health and welfare systems. Are the Chinese people going to get adequate care? How do their leaders think about this? How do their efforts compare with other countries? What do the Chinese people think about the results? The answers are crucial to China’s people, to China’s stability, and ultimately to the world. Saich digs deeper, with broader perspective, and more objectively than any previous study. One small aspect, his charts on how Chinese people view the performance of their government, is alone worth the price of the book.”
-- William H. Overholt, Senior Research Fellow, Ash Institute | Former Director, RAND Center for the Asia Pacific Policy