Dorothy J. Solinger is Professor Emerita of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. From 1992 to 2008, she was also a Senior Adjunct Research Scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University. She has authored six books and nearly one hundred articles. Her current work is on urban poverty and poverty relief policies in China.

The Precarity of Layoffs and State Compensation: The Minimum Livelihood Guarantee

When discussing the outcomes of China’s economic development, the poverty that can still be found in Chinese cities is seldom mentioned. While the Party-state is indeed making a token effort to sustain the victims of this destitution, these people and their offspring will never be able to escape this manufactured poverty. This essay looks at the policy process that led to this outcome and at the prospects for poverty alleviation in Chinese urban areas.

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