The Brink of Poverty: Implementation of a Social Assistance Programme in Rural China
Lena Kuhn (),
Stephan Brosig () and
Linxiu Zhang ()
Journal of Current Chinese Affairs - China aktuell, 2016, vol. 45, issue 1, 75-108
The Rural Minimum Living Standard is an important component of social security in rural areas of China, as it provides social assistance to poor rural households. The countryâ€™s size and large development heterogeneities, however, make the policyâ€™s implementation a challenging task. Using quantitative and qualitative data from rural households and administrators in five provinces, we identify the pitfalls of multi-level implementation along with the difficulty of measuring income in rural, underdeveloped areas as key sources of an implementation gap that has led to a considerable degree of misallocation of monetary transfers. Changes in the budgeting process and the distribution method might improve the anti-poverty effect of social assistance without having to carry out additional monitoring.
Keywords: China; rural development; social assistance; policy implementation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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