Building China's Welfare State - Government Purchased Services for Children

Project Status: Current
People Involved: Xiaoyuan Shang, Karen Fisher, Natasha Cortis
Research Areas: Chinese Social Policy; Families & Communities
Funding Agency: Australian Research Council - Linkage Program
Non-Staff Involved: Lihua Tong (Beijing Children's Legal Aid and Research Center); Jude Howell (The London School of Economics and Political Science)
Partners / Collaborators: Beijing Children’s Legal Aid and Research CenterRight to Play, ChinaLondon School of Economics and Political Science

The Chinese government has begun to purchase child welfare services to address vast unmet need. This project will improve outcomes for millions of Chinese children by establishing ways China can avoid the quality and accountability problems of 30 years of welfare service purchasing by governments in other countries. Using six regional case studies and Partner Organisations’ unique access to government national datasets it will identify the impact of new purchasing models and ways to address significant regulatory risks in China’s burgeoning welfare state. Findings will build new theories of government contracting, service system governance, and global social policy convergence and transfer, relevant for Chinese and Australian social services.

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