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Better to rely on ourselves: changing social rights in urban China since 1979

Author: Thelle, Hatla Corporate author: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies Series: NIAS monograph series ; 97 Publisher: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, 2004.Language: EnglishDescription: 353 p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 8791114268Type of document: BookBibliography/Index: Includes bibliographical references and index and glossary
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Better to Rely on Ourselves Changing Social Rights in Urban China since 1979 Table of Contents Preface Abbreviations Glossary Introduction Background 1 Aims and Arguments 3 Structure of the book 5 Chapter 1: Setting the Scene Local Setting and Research Methodology 12 Xingtai City, Hebei Province 13 · Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province 16 · Methodology 18 ix x xii 1 9 Socialist Welfare with Chinese Characteristics, 1949-1979 2 1 Work Unit Research 25 Social Welfare and Reforms 27 Overview of Economic Reform Development 27 · Legal Reform 33 Social Security Reform 36 Concluding Remarks 39 Chapter 2: The Human Rights Regime The Regime -- System and Mechanisms 44 Questioning Human Rights 51 Indivisibility: The Civil/Social Dichotomy 51 · Universality 54 42 China's Official Stand on Human Rights 59 Chapter 3: Social Policy Theory Models 66 The Chinese discussion 71 v 63 Better to Rely on Ourselves Interfaces: Cultural, Economic, Political 76 Cultural: A Welfare Model with East Asian Characteristics? 76 · Economic: Social Policy and the Third World 81 · Political: Social Policy and Socialism 85 Conclusions 90 Chapter 4: How to Get and Keep a Job Local Implementation " The Problem of Getting Paid 95 · To Get and Keep a Job 98 · Reemployment Efforts 100 93 International and National Law 102 Urban Labour Allocation under Socialist Economy 1949-1979 107 Principles 107 · Institutions 108 · Reform trends 113 Conclusion 121 Chapter 5: Welfare Benefit or Investment Object: Housing Reform Outline of Housing Reform in China (1980-2000) 124 Local Implementation 134 Xingtai, Hebei 134 · Guangzhou 139 123 International and National Law 142 Pre-reform Housing Allocation, 1949-1979 144 Reform problems 150 Conclusion: The Right to Housing 155 Chapter 6: Social Security Local Implementation 158 Xingtai, Hebei 158 · Guangzhou 163 Outline of National Reform 166 Health Care 175 · Pensions 180 · Administration 182 Implementation Problems 184 157 International Law 188 Discussion: Rights and Social Policy 192 Chapter 7: The Right to Education: Basic Schooling Local Implementation 196 vi 195 Table of Contents Reform Process 201 International and National Law 207 Problems 213 Conclusion 217 Chapter 8: Reactions and Perceptions Relationship with the work unit 222 Attitude to rules 228 Handling of conflicts 230 Strategies 232 General Assessments 235 Concluding remarks 237 Chapter 9: Consequences of Economic Reform for Social Rights Protection Transformative Principles 241 Content: from administrative to monetary resource allocation 242 · Method: gradualism 243 · Implications for Social Policy 245 · Implications for Social Rights Protection 252 Convergence with global trends 261 Afterword Appendix 1: Interview from Xingtai, November 1997 Appendix 2: Selections from the interviews Appendix 3: Key to cases Bibliography Index 266 269 292 322 325 349 241 220 vii

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