The changing landscape of public service delivery systems for disabled people in China: a Shanghai case study

Ting Zhao, Jurgen Grotz

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This article will consider the current development of an emerging contract culture for the delivery of social services and its impact on disabled people in China. The discussion is based on an original qualitative study in Shanghai. The past 30 years have seen dramatic changes in China, which in parts have led to improvements in the lives of disabled people. The China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF) became a key player in delivering these changes with the government. However, the CDPF is being criticized by disabled people for being too bureaucratic and not being effective enough in its delivery of services. One of its responses is to work with newly emerging not-for-profit organizations (NPOs) of and for disabled people. The CDPF has now begun to contract the delivery of some services to such NPOs. It is hoped that this may improve their effectiveness but the development of a contract culture in the delivery of services for disabled people may also be seen to pose a threat.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)498-503
Number of pages6
JournalDisability and Society
Issue number3
Early online date30 Jan 2019
Publication statusPublished - May 2019


  • China
  • contracting out
  • Disability
  • not-for-profit organizations
  • public service

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