Managing Contracting out Social Services under the Socialist Market Context: A Study of Changing Welfare Governance in the Bohai Bay Economic Rim, North China

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This article sets out against the broader context when China searches for better social governance to improve social service delivery catering for the changing social service needs of the citizens in the Bohai Bay Economic Rim (BBER),
the previous China' s rust belt and now an emerging economic powerhouse of North China, rivalling the Pearl River Delta in the South and the Yangtze River Delta in the East. Based upon critical policy reviews, fieldwork and interviews with social welfare experts, managers of non-governmental organizations, officials and social workers, this research contributes to a better understanding of social governance reforms in China through the government procurement of social services, the development trends and implementation challenges, as well as the changing state-NGO relationship. More significant of all, this article shows how personal links and relationships affect the implementation of contracting out of social services. As the data generated from the fieldwork shown, the success of the governance reforms taken place in BBER area depends heavily on personal relationships rather than organizational reforms, this article analyzes the diversity of social governance reforms from inter-regional comparisons, drawing the historical institutional perspective to understand the changing welfare governance in China.
Period20 Mar 2021
Event titleForum on Welfare State and Social Policy: Comparative Research from China and South Korea: 福利国家和社会政策论坛:中韩国家对比研究
Event typeForum
OrganiserSun Yat-Sen University
LocationGuangzhou, ChinaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionRegional