Aging Welfare and Social Policy

China and the Nordic Countries in Comparative Perspective

  • Tian-kui Jing
  • Stein Kuhnle
  • Yi Pan
  • Sheying Chen

Part of the International Perspectives on Aging book series (Int. Perspect. Aging, volume 20)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Welfare State and Social Policy

  3. Aging Welfare and Social Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
  4. Nordic Countries

  5. China

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 239-245

About this book


This perceptive volume presents conceptual, theoretical, and empirical approaches to social policy analysis comparing China and Nordic countries in their treatment of the elderly. An international panel of experts offers valuable policy insights into issues of housing, community care, family care, pensions and social security, and mental health as China translates and adapts Western examples, particularly those set by Norway, Sweden, and Finland. The book contrasts shared issues in the contexts of economic history, accountability and service improvements, and sustainability while also examining specifically Chinese problems such as care gaps between urban and rural elders. Coverage also considers the centrality of aging policy in China as the nation works toward its long-term goal of eradicating poverty.

Included among the topics:

  • Building a welfare system with Chinese characteristics: from a residual type to moderate universalism.
  • “Aging in community”: historical and comparative study of aging welfare and social policy.
  • Sweden: aging welfare and social policy in the 21st century.
  • Policy responses to aging: care services for the elderly in Norway.
  • China’s elderly care policy and its future trends.   

Aging Welfare and Social Policy will interest professionals and researchers addressing questions of Chinese and comparative social policy, health psychologists, and sociologists focused on family, youth, and aging.  


aging in China aging in comparative perspective Chinese social policy Chinese dependency burden Chinese one-child policy termination housing in China family health care in china pensoins in china mental health in China economic impact of aging in China policy responses to aging community based social care in Asia governance of community based services in china elderly long term care system in China historical evolution of social protection health and social welfare in China

Editors and affiliations

  • Tian-kui Jing
    • 1
  • Stein Kuhnle
    • 2
  • Yi Pan
    • 3
  • Sheying Chen
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute of Sociology of Chinese Academy of Social SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.Department of Comparative PoliticsUniversity of BergenBergenNorway
  3. 3.Institute of SociologyChinese Academy of Social SciencesBeijingChina
  4. 4.Public Administration/Social PolicyPace UniversityNew YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-10894-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-10895-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2197-5841
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-585X
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