From socialist countries to ‘factories of the world’
Is it possible for socialist social welfare to successfully co-exist with the market economy? The EU-funded WelfareStruggles project turned to China and Vietnam to answer this question. Both countries transformed from centrally planned economies into today’s market economies. They remained under the Communist party’s political monopoly while adopting a system now termed ‘market socialism.’ The transformation has been fuelled by the labour of millions of migrant factory workers from rural areas. In this context, the project will research the welfare of migrant factory workers and their families. By taking an ethnographic approach and carrying out a comparative social policy analysis, it will shed light on the politics of care underlying the provision of welfare in China and Vietnam, which have come to be known as the factories of the world.
Funding SchemeERC-STG - Starting Grant
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