About the Author
JING Tian-kui, Ph.D. is Academician and Senior Researcher in the Institute of Sociology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Beijing, vice director of department of social, political and law in CASS, Beijing, China. He was vice director and director of Institute of Sociology, CASS, (1995-2006); vice director of Chinese Sociology Association (1998-2005); vice chairman of International Institute of Sociology, (2001-2005). Stein Kuhnle, cand.polit., is Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen, Norway, and Professor Emeritus at the Hertie School of Governance, Germany, where he taught Comparative Social Policy (2006-2014). He has been Head of Department of Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen for 14 years between 1983 and 2005, and Chairman of Norwegian Political Science Association (1982-85). He has published widely on comparative welfare state development. PAN Yi, Ph.D., is Professor and Senior Researcher in the Institute of Sociology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Beijing, the deputy general secretary of Social Policy Center of CASS, and deputy general secretary of Social Welfare Academical Association of China, the director of Sino-Nordic Welfare Laboratory in CASS and a member of the Committee of China Charity Alliance, an expert member of Council in China Association of Gerontology. She received her PhD (Social and Political Sciences) from University of Cambridge (UK), MSSc (social policy) in Tampere University (Finland), and BA in Peking University (China). Sheying Chen, Ph.D., is Professor of Social Policy and former Assoc. Provost for Academic Affairs at Pace University, USA, and honorary Director for Social Work Study at Tsinghua University, China. Previously, he served at Indiana University Southeast as Professor and Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and University of Guam as Professor and Dean of the College of Professional Studies. He held tenure as Chair and Professor at City University of New York, College of Staten Island, and was on the permanent faculty as Coordinator for Graduate Studies at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou. He received his Ph.D. and MSW from University of California, Los Angeles, and M.A. in sociology from Sun Yat-sen University and an undergraduate diploma from Changsha Technological College (now part of Central-South University), China.