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East Asian welfare regimes in transition

Edited by Alan Walker and Chack-kie Wong

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9781861345523
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302162 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861345523.001.0001
East Asian welfare regimes in transition

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Eastern welfare systems have largely been neglected by Western social policy. There is very little information in the West about their operation and the differences between them. Yet, as China and South-East Asia emerge as a major regional economic block, it is vital to understand the social models that are in operation there and how they are developing. This book puts the spotlight on the Chinese and South-East Asian welfare systems, providing an up-to-date assessment of their character and development. In particular, it examines the underlying assumptions of these systems and how the processes of globalisation are impacting on them. As well as specific country case studies, there is a valuable comparative analysis of Eastern and Western welfare states. The book provides a unique insight into the main South-East Asian welfare systems and chapters have been written by experts living and working within them. It focuses on ‘Confucianism’ and globalisation to provide an account of tradition and change within the South-East Asian cultural context.

Keywords: Eastern welfare systems; Western social policy; China; South-East Asia; globalisation; cultural context; Confucianism

Book.  248 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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Introduction: East Asian welfare regimes in East Asian welfare regimes in transition

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Is welfare unAsian? in East Asian welfare regimes in transition

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Social welfare in China in East Asian welfare regimes in transition

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Hong Kong: from familistic to Confucian welfare in East Asian welfare regimes in transition

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Managing welfare in post-colonial Hong Kong in East Asian welfare regimes in transition

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The welfare regime in Japan in East Asian welfare regimes in transition

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Taiwan: what kind of social policy regime? in East Asian welfare regimes in transition

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The development of the South Korean welfare regime in East Asian welfare regimes in transition

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The welfare regime in Singapore in East Asian welfare regimes in transition

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Conclusion: from Confucianism to globalisation in East Asian welfare regimes in transition

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