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Week 11-1 Social Welfare (3)

Week 11-1 Social Welfare (3) - greater equality are in fact...

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Popular Response to Inequality A. Question Do the Chinese people perceive growing income/social welfare gaps as a signal of social injustice? B. Findings (from Whyte (2010)) China’s citizens are not especially angry about current inequalities, and a majority is opposed to measures such as limiting top incomes or adopting egalitarian distribution principles. They also favor allowing the rich to purchase better lives for their families. As a method to make the society fair and just, they prefer affirmative action measures such as social assistance programs, not “leveling down” the rich.
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Popular Response to Inequality B. Findings (cont.) Disadvantageous groups (rural residents), who by the conventional wisdom should have the strongest demands for
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Unformatted text preview: greater equality, are in fact significantly less likely than others to express such demands. – Rather, some advantageous groups (urban and well-educated residents) are significantly more likely to express preferences for equality and for government intervention to make China a more egalitarian society Popular Response to Inequality C. How to Explain? – Many who benefited by their close relations with the state in the sot era still lament the loss of their privileged status, while those who suffered from their low status under som may be more tolerant of current inequalities because they have been remain at or near the bottom of the society just as they used to....
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