Chinese Social Welfare in Demand-Side Perspectives: Redistributive Preferences and Policy Effect on Public Support of Government

Xian Huang, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for the Study of Contemporary China
| CSCC Conference Room, Fisher-Bennett 345

In order to understand the social foundations of the Chinese government’s expansive welfare policy in the past decade and the effectiveness of that strategy on regime support and stability in China, I developed two research projects: 1) one explores Chinese citizens’ preferences for government redistribution using World Values Survey data from 1990 to 2012; 2) the other project examines social policy’s effects on public support of government using data from China Survey (2008) and China Family Panel Studies (2010). I will present the theoretical context, research design and empirical findings of these two projects and discuss their implications for social stability in China and political legitimacy of the Chinese government.