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中国公共政策评论 = Chinese Public Policy Review
  • Ka Ho, Joshua MOK, University of Hong Kong; University of Bristol, United Kingdom
Alternative Title
Governing through governance : changing social policy paradigms in contemporary China
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Journal article
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  • 社会政策,
  • 政策范式,
  • 教育政策,
  • 医疗政策,
  • 治理,
  • social policy,
  • policy paradigm,
  • education policy,
  • health policy,
  • governance


In coping with the challenges of globalization, various reform measures in the field of social policy have been initiated in recent years. Strategies of privatization, marketization, commodification and societalization have been adopted to redefine the relationship between the state, the market and other non-state sectors in social policy provision and financing. In particular, the restructuring of state-owned enterprises and the de-monopolization of the state in social policy provision have inevitably led to significant changes in the welfare regime of modern China. This paper sets out in this wider policy context to examine how the Chinese government have reformed its social policy sectors. Most important of all, this paper has chosen a theme of "governing through governance" to reflect upon how the Chinese government reinvents its public policy delivery by adopting new governance strategies. In examining whether the education and health sectors have had paradigm shifts in social policy governance, this paper focuses on how such paradigms evolve, and in what way such shifts have affected social policy financing, provision and regulation. This paper concludes by discussing whether the introduction of new governance strategies and new reform strategies in education and health has weakened the state capacity.

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莫家豪 (2008)。改革开放以来中国社会政策范式的转变 = Governing through governance: Changing social policy paradigms in contemporary China。《中国公共政策评论 = Chinese Public Policy Review》,2,1-20。