The welfare regime in Singapore

Vincent Wijeysingha

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:
The welfare regime in Singapore

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This chapter adopts an explicit political economy approach towards understanding social policy in Singapore. Singapore emphasises what people see in other East Asian countries: on the one hand, the subordination of public welfare to economic growth and development and, on the other, reliance on the family and, to a greater or lesser extent, the third sector. The chapter traces the development of social policy along with the four phases of economic development in the post-colonial era. The government's response to the global economic recession in the early years of this century was an expansion of welfare provision and has been accompanied by an easing of the previously strong rhetoric concerning state benevolence and the need to avoid welfare dependency.

Keywords: political economy; social policy; East Asian countries; public welfare; economic growth; state benevolence

Chapter.  9709 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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