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Towards a New Chinese Welfare State – Perceptions about Distributive Justice in China
September 12, 2018 - 09:30-15:30
What do Chinese people think about redistribution and fairness, and how do these attitudes correspond with the government’s efforts to build a universal “social safety net”? These were some main question for the start-up of the project in 2013. At this closing conference, we will present and discuss the results. What kind of distributive inequalities are acceptable and not in the eyes of the Chinese public? Moreover, to what extent do social distribution and public goods provision mattered to the popular legitimacy of China’s governing regime?
Central to the project “Towards a new Chinese welfare state – perceptions about distributive justice in China” was a 2014 nationwide survey of attitudes regarding distributive justice in China, as well as extensive experiments of social preferences and how to address inequality in society.
At this conference, we will present and discuss results from the research project. In addition, prominent international experts will present work on relevant topics that can provide further insight regarding welfare and inequality in China. International guests include Martin K. Whyte (Harvard University), Wang Feng (Fudan University), Jane Duckett (Glasgow University) and Wenfang Tang (Iowa University).