Title

Workfare in the undemocratic states : the case of China

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

International Social Work

Publication Date

7-1-2016

Volume

59

Issue

4

First Page

479

Last Page

493

Publisher

Sage Publications Ltd.

Keywords

Administrative litigations, residents’ committee, street office, the minimum living standard scheme, undemocratic state, welfare appeals, workfare

Abstract

This article examines the problems caused by workfare in China. It is found that China’s public assistance scheme is managed mainly by volunteers and government officials who do not necessarily possess relevant qualifications. Also, welfare claimants’ benefits can be ceased without going through a rigorous procedure; they can hardly challenge the decisions of the authority because China’s judicial system is interfered by central and local senior officials. This article concludes that workfare is a product of Western democratic countries; its implementation in undemocratic states will only increase power abuses among welfare bureaucrats and threaten the rights of claimants.

DOI

10.1177/0020872814559560

Print ISSN

00208728

E-ISSN

14617234

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2016 SAGE Publications. Access to external full text or publisher's version may require subscription.

Full-text Version

Publisher’s Version

Language

English

Recommended Citation

Chan, C. K., & Ngok, K. (2016). Workfare in the undemocratic states: The case of China. International Social Work, 59(4), 479-493. doi: 10.1177/0020872814559560

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