Pragmatic instrumentalization of policy learning : market transition, changing welfare systems and state-third sector organization relationships in China

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Abstract

This study sets out against the broad social and political economic context of China's market transition, from a state- to a market-oriented economy, to examine critically how the contracting out of social services was introduced and how far such a social governance reform measure has affected state-NGO relationships in the country. Based on fieldwork and interviews with social welfare experts, NGO managers, officials and social workers, this study contributes to an improved understanding of social governance reforms in China through government procurement of social services. Reflecting on transnational policy learning, this study provides new perspectives for understanding changing state-NGO relationships against the broad context of market transition in China.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Development Policy
EditorsHabib ZAFARULLAH, Ahmed Shafiqul HUGUE
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Chapter43
Pages497-509
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9781839100864
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2021

Publication series

NameElgar Handbooks in Development series
PublisherEdward Elgar

Bibliographical note

The author wishes to express his gratitude to the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong for granting support to the research team to conduct the current research project. This chapter is based on the research findings of the project GEF LU 13673016. The author would like to thank the interviewees in China for sharing their experiences and observations related to the research project.

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