Social Assistance Dynamics in Beijing, China

By Meng Xiao.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This article examines the social assistance dynamics based on a local study in Beijing, China. Through the usage of qualitative and longitudinal methods, this study highlights the interaction between the diverse mechanisms behind the local social assistance practice, and how the local practice affects social assistance dynamics. The investigation finds that affected by a series of contradictive factors involved in social assistance design and practice, Beijing local social assistance administration adopts a loose means-test and symbolic benefit payment strategy, which contributes to the formation of a ‘low welfare-dependency, long-term receipt’ social assistance pattern.

Keywords: Social Assistance, Welfare Dependency, Receipt Duration, Informal Employment, Means-test

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 9, pp.1-14. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.377MB).

Meng Xiao

PhD student, Social Work and Social Administration Department, Hong Kong University, Hong Kong, China

I achieved Master’s Degree in Social Work Department of Nankai University that is one of the top 10 Chinese universities in 2005. In Sept. 2005, I began my PhD study in Social Work and Social Administration Department of Hong Kong University. I have strong interest in social welfare issues. From June 2007 to now, I have been involved in the program of ‘Longitudinal Study on Social Exclusion Experienced by Social Assistance Recipients in Beijing’, which is jointly sponsored by Hong Kong University and Beijing Normal University. Based on broad overview of social assistance dynamic theory and field investigation in Beijing, I’ve finished this conference paper —‘A longitudinal study on Chinese Social assistance dynamic in China, Beijing’ I hope this study can contribute to the knowledge and practice of social assistance and wish I can share Chinese experience with all the scholars who are interested in social welfare study.


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