Public Policies that Help Foster Social Inclusion

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-68
Journal / PublicationSocial Indicators Research
Issue number1
Online published15 Apr 2012
Publication statusPublished - May 2013


Public policies can be effective in raising people's social inclusion as intended only reasonably through their implementation. With respect to the implementation perspective, this study examines the effectiveness of eight policies as perceived to implement in Hong Kong, China. The study employs data collected from 1,109 Chinese adults randomly sampled in a telephone survey. Results showed that perceived implementation of three of the policies, concerning elderly healthcare, civic education policy, and social enterprise, induced significant positive effects on social inclusion that the adult experienced. These effects represent externalities created by the policies, such that the policies are helpful to people other than those targeted. Furthermore, the study identified some background conditions, such as certain target and disadvantaged groups, for enhancing the effectiveness of the policy implementation. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

Research Area(s)

  • Advocacy coalition theory, Policy effectiveness, Policy implementation, Social impact theory, Social inclusion