Tiankui Jing, Professor at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, PhD supervisor, Director of Institute of Sociology, and Vice President of the International Institute of Sociology.
    Many major areas of research have been raised since the policies of reform and opening-up were first initiated. Among these people’s livelihood issues have come into focus for the whole society, and these have also been key points of address for the Party and the government. This book unfolds the thinking process of the author on the research into livelihood issues. It emphasizes the relationship between economic growth and social fairness, and questions the ideological basis of a social security system. The author introduces the concept of baseline equality
    and the idea of “development based on fairness”. He also argues for the possibility of a harmonious society built on the basis of baseline equality.