Mark Frazier on Rural-Urban Inequality in China

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We’re excited to share a recently published article in World Politics Review by Mark Frazier. Mark is academic co-director at the India China Institute and a professor of Politics at The New School for Social Research, where he focuses on labor and social policies in China.

In this article Frazier argues that China’s new policies “carry a political significance that is not well understood,” and which he argues are linked to two key trends in China–rapid urbanization and a quickly aging population, both of which are driving recent Chinese social welfare policies.

Here’s a brief excerpt from his article in WPR, titled “Narrowing the Gap: Rural-Urban Inequality in China.”

“By most measures, the income gap between urban and rural households in China is one of the largest in the world, with urban residents’ incomes more than triple those of their rural counterparts. Not surprisingly, then, improving rural incomes has become the main target of social welfare policies in China today, though it is too early to tell whether such policies will be enough to reduce the rural-urban income gap. The new social policies have also been introduced in the context of two long-term demographic trends of great significance: China’s high-speed urbanization and the rapid aging of its population. China’s social welfare policies are in some respects responses to these trends—aimed at preventing both the formation of a vast urban underclass lacking access to basic means of social protection as well as the impoverishment of the elderly.”

You can read the full article here at WPR.

 

India China Conversations | Prosperity amidst Poverty & Inequality

Below are presentations from the third day of India China Conversations Conference: “Prosperity amidst Poverty & Inequality” (April 28, 2012)

Session I: Causes, Patterns, Consequences

Atul Kohli, Politics of inequality in India

Kellee S. Tsai, The Political Economy of Inequality in Reform-era China

Aziz Khan, The Disconnect Between Global Economic Power and Shared Domestic Prosperity in China

Vamsi Vakulabharanam, Inclusive Growth or Rising Inequalities? Indian economy in the Neoliberal Age

Session II: Reactions and Responses from State and Society

Vivienne Shue, Prosperity Amidst Poverty and Inequality: Reactions and Responses from State and Society in China

Ching Kwan Lee, The Power of Instability: How the Grassroots State Absorbs Popular Unrest in China

Devesh Kapur, The Capability Trap of the Indian State

Sanjay Ruparelia, Legislating Socioeconomic Rights in India: Origins, Promises, Risks

Neera Chandhoke, Compound Inequalities and Political Violence in India

India China Conversations | Prosperity amidst Poverty & Inequality

Below are presentations from the third day of India China Conversations Conference: “Prosperity amidst Poverty & Inequality” (April 28, 2012)

Session I: Causes, Patterns, Consequences

Atul Kohli, Politics of inequality in India

Kellee S. Tsai, The Political Economy of Inequality in Reform-era China

Aziz Khan, The Disconnect Between Global Economic Power and Shared Domestic Prosperity in China

Vamsi Vakulabharanam, Inclusive Growth or Rising Inequalities? Indian economy in the Neoliberal Age

Session II: Reactions and Responses from State and Society

Vivienne Shue, Prosperity Amidst Poverty and Inequality: Reactions and Responses from State and Society in China

Ching Kwan Lee, The Power of Instability: How the Grassroots State Absorbs Popular Unrest in China

Devesh Kapur, The Capability Trap of the Indian State

Sanjay Ruparelia, Legislating Socioeconomic Rights in India: Origins, Promises, Risks

Neera Chandhoke, Compound Inequalities and Political Violence in India

Growth, Reforms and Inequality: Comparing India and China

A presentation by Lopamudra Banerjee (New School, New York), Ashwini Deshpande (Delhi School of Economics), Yan Ming (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing), Sanjay Ruparelia (New School, New York), Vamsicharan Vakulabharanam (University of Hyderabad), and Wei Zhong (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing) at the ICI conference Prosperity and Inequality: India and China in a Global Perspective on March 22, 2010

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