The 30-odd years of socioeconomic transition in China brought about many challenges to individuals, communities, social groups, and the nation as a whole. Various reforms led by the central government had different results – some are successful, some are somewhat successful, and others failed. Scholars around the world, particularly those of sociologists and political scientists, are paying close attention to China’s social policy changes and the outcomes of those policies’ implementation, and their impact on individuals’ lives. There are questions asked, such as: Why some policies seem never being changed, but some policies have to change constantly? Who is in, who is out – Who are the new policies’ main beneficiaries and who would have to suffer the consequences of the new change? Why? How can a country that has achieved economic miracle seem to fell a bit short in the sphere of social policy? What are the barriers? Are there ways in which these obstacles can be removed and that much improved policies will one day be reality? This session will invite scholars interested in the field to share their works on China’s recent social policy reforms and their policy recommendations in employment/labour policy, health policy, education policy, ethnic policy; and policies that concerning rural-urban migrants, such as Hukou, etc.
Session Organizer: Weizhen Dong, PhD, University of Waterloo, firstname.lastname@example.org
Session Code: LSSP2
Session Chair: Harley Dickinson, University of Saskatchewan