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Unequal but fair? – Perceptions of distributive fairness in China
Fafo breakfast
Thursday 20 August 2015, 08:30–09:45

Fafo's conference center, Borggata 2B, Oslo

Unequal but fair?  – Perceptions of distributive fairness in China

På programmet

Martin K. Whyte

Professor of International Studies and Sociology, Emeritus

Shen Mingming

Professor, School of Government, and Director, Research Centre for Contemporary China

Anna Lisa Ahlers

Førsteamanuensis ved Institutt for kulturstudier og orientalske språk
Managing Director

Despite - or maybe because of - the world’s highest and most stable economic growth, inequality in China has reached levels way beyond what the United Nations describes as a threat to social stability. How does the Chinese population perceive these inequalities and the measures taken by the government to build a more “fair society”? At this Fafo breakfast leading American, Chinese and Norwegian scholars will present some of their work on perceptions of distributive justice in China.



Martin K. Whyte from Harvard University presented a new paper on "The Paradox of Communists Effectively Promoting Capitalism", examining why China has been so much more successful than the post-socialist countries of Eastern Europe in getting their population to view current inequalities as relatively fair. Professor Shen Mingming from Peking University talked about studying public opionion in China, and researcher Kristin Dalen at Fafo presented on perceptions of distributive fairness and a “new” Chinese welfare state.



Welcome by Tone Fløtten, Managing director at Fafo

Martin K. Whyte, John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and Sociology, Harvard University: The paradox of communists effectively promoting capitalism: Post-Socialist Pathways in China and Eastern Europe

Shen Mingming, Professor, School of Government, Director, Research Centre for Contemporary China, Peking University
Kristin Dalen, Researcher, Fafo: Towards a new Chinese welfare state: Chinese perceptions of distributive justice

Comments and discussions
Discussant: Anna Lisa Ahlers, Associate Professor, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, UiO