Local Welfare Regimes and Perception of the State: A Survey of Popular Attitudes towards Social Security in China

    Project: Research project

    Project Details


    We will shed light on these questions by examining popular perceptions of social policy in China through a survey of 3,000 urban citizens in three mainland provinces. Because social policy is largely funded and implemented by local government in China, we seek to exploit regional variation in social policy provision to examine how different social welfare configurations at the provincial and sub-provincial level impact citizens’ views of social policy and the state. We have already received US$ 80,000 from the Hong Kong SAR Government General Research Fund (project # 18615816) to conduct the survey in two provinces: Guangdong and Gansu. These two provinces represent a wealthy Eastern province and a poor Northwestern province, but we would like to add Hunan, a middle-income province in central China, to the project. Including Hunan in the survey will enable us to test more effectively our hypotheses related to perceptions of local social policy configurations and to generalize our findings more broadly. We are seeking additional support from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation to add Hunan to our survey.

    Funding Source: Non-HK - Others^^
    Effective start/end date01/09/1731/03/18


    • welfare attitude
    • social policy
    • China


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