The Chinese government has implemented a means-tested social security net for the poorest known as dibao. We compare dibao legislation from the State Council, the Shandong provincial government, and the Qingdao municipal government. As a case study, this comparative analysis of dibao legislation across different state levels and time periods provides a method to analyze differences between central and local government levels. We show that local governments are able to subvert the intentions of the central government by adding sections and altering the language in key passages. This type of horizontal and vertical reading of multiple texts reveals priorities and differences between government levels in ways that are not apparent in any single text.
|Media of output||PDF|
|Number of pages||25|
|Place of Publication||Global Asia Journal|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
|Name||Social and Cultural Research Occasional Paper Series|
|Publisher||Pace University's Center for East Asian Studies and Hong Kong Shue Yan University's Center for Qualitative and Social Research|