The purpose is to understand the model of development which gave China the extraordinary success of transforming itself so quickly, since the reforms of Deng Xiaoping in the late 1970s until the second decade of the twentieth century. Such success is especially significant because China has been able to traverse the desert of the 2008 financial crisis and of the movements of deglobalization, changing its development strategy (focused on foreign trade and investment), shifting its priority to policies geared to its internal market, stimulating domestic consumption, expanding social expenditures and labor guarantees, combating social and regional inequalities. So, China is quietly building the world's largest Welfare State, extending the social protection of its citizens, in the counterflow of the West, where such guarantees are being dismantled. Understanding China is finding the logic of using the social protection network as a Great Wall against economic and social instabilities.
Our next Annual Conference will take place from July 6-9, 2021. It will be held in a completely novel way as a fully online Conference: ICON•S Mundo. Stay tuned.
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