Attitudinal feedback towards sub-national social policy: A comparison of popular support for social health insurance in urban China

Jingwei Alex HE, Kerry RATIGAN, Jiwei QIAN

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Abstract

Policy feedback theory posits that pre-existing policies shape citizens' policy preferences and attitudes. This attitudinal feedback effect may, in turn, either reinforce or undermine current policies. This study seeks to examine whether attitudinal feedback explains why urban Chinese are motivated to contribute to social health insurance, a highly tangible issue for ordinary Chinese. Empirical data were collected in an original survey of urban inhabitants in three provinces between late 2017 and early 2018. Quantitative results reveal clear attitudinal feedback. Resource effects, interpretive effects, and individual learning effects all appear to shape motivations for contributing to social health insurance. Copyright © 2020 The Editor, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice
Early online dateJun 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Jun 2020

Citation

He, A. J., Ratigan, K., & Qian, J. (2020). Attitudinal feedback towards sub-national social policy: A comparison of popular support for social health insurance in urban China. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/13876988.2020.1780126

Keywords

  • Welfare attitudes
  • Social health insurance
  • Policy feedback
  • Social security
  • Comparative analysis
  • China

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