East Asian welfare regimes in transition

From Confucianism to globalisation

East Asian welfare regimes in transition

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

248 pages
Paper $41.95 ISBN: 9781861345523 Published March 2005 For sale in North and South America only
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 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.Eastern welfare states in transition will be essential reading for students of social policy requiring an understanding of non-Western welfare systems. Policy makers and practitioners who are interested in how Eastern welfare systems are adapting to globalisation will also find it an important read.
Part 1: Welfare in East Asia
Introduction: East Asian welfare regimes ~ Alan Walker and Chack-kie Wong
Is welfare unAsian? ~ Ruby C.M. Chau and Wai Kam Yu

Part 2: The East Asian welfare regimes
Social welfare in China ~ Joe C.B. Leung
Hong Kong: from familistic to Confucian welfare ~ Sammy Chiu and Victor Wong
Managing welfare in post-colonial Hong Kong ~ Chack Kwan Chan
The welfare regime in Japan ~ Makoto Kono
Taiwan: what kind of social policy regime? ~ Michael Hill and Yuan-shie Hwang
The development of the South Korean welfare regime ~ Sang-hoon Ahn and So-chung Lee
The welfare regime in Singapore ~ Vincent Wijeysingha

From Confucianism to globalisation ~ Alan Walker and Chack-kie Wong
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