The Financial Crisis and China’s “Harmonious Society”

Arjan de Haan

Abstract


The global financial crisis has had a large negative impact on China’s economy, particularly on employment, but the government responses appear to have been effective. This article focuses on the social policy responses after the crisis, and how these are situated in the austere social policies that have come about since the economic reforms started in 1978, and the recent aims to create a “harmonious society” and the challenges and contradictions these contain.

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