Taiwan: what kind of social policy regime?

Michael Hill and Yuan-shie Hwang

in East Asian welfare regimes in transition

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9781861345523
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302162 | DOI:
Taiwan: what kind of social policy regime?

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This chapter examines a different Chinese society, Taiwan. It grounds the analyses of Taiwan's social policy in the debate about welfare regimes. It includes detailed analyses of the development of health insurance and pensions. It points to the corporatist Bismarckian origins of Taiwan's social insurance schemes, which coexist with minimal welfare provision apart from public education. It also emphasises the key role of the state in the development and maintenance of social policy and the new conditions, especially globalisation, which confront an underdeveloped welfare system.

Keywords: Chinese society; Taiwan's social policy; welfare regimes; health insurance; pensions; social insurance

Chapter.  7575 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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