Social Protection as Development Policy: Asian Perspectives / Edition 1

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The Asian crisis of the late 1990s severely affected some of the most successful economies in the region, placing the issue of social protection high on the regional and international agenda. Subsequently, growth rates revived, but the fruits of growth have not been evenly distributed and inequality has risen. Behind this trend lie deeply entrenched forms of poverty and social exclusion as well as new forms of vulnerability resulting from the liberalisation of markets and growing exposure to the global economy.

This volume deals with issues of poverty, vulnerability and social exclusion in the Asian context. The articles deal with different groups of vulnerable people, exploring some of the characteristics of vulnerability in different contexts, and reflecting on appropriate policy responses. Collectively, they emphasise a broad-based systemic approach to the problems of vulnerability and insecurity, where social protection needs to be ‘rescued’ from its dominant current conceptualisation as a response to risk and crisis, and instead be integrated into the mainstream of development policy.

This book will interest scholars of economics, politics, development studies, development economics, sociology, social policy, and South Asian studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415585736
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/8/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 396
  • Product dimensions: 5.79 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Cook is Director, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, Geneva and was formerly Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.

Naila Kabeer is Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables

List of Figures

List of Boxes

List of Abbreviations



Chapter 1 Introduction: Exclusions, Deficits and Trajectories Naila Kabeer Kabeer, Naila 1

Chapter 2 Shock-induced poverty in Urban China Meiyan Wang Wang, Meiyan 29

Chapter 3 Social Protection and the Economic Well-being of Families with Dependent Children in Urban China Yuebin Xu Xu, Yuebin 54

Chapter 4 Gender, Work and Security in Urban China: The Reconstruction of Identity as Laid-off Worker Susan Jolly Jolly, Susan 80

Chapter 5 Social Protection and Market Reforms in Vietnam Le Bach Duong Duong, Le Bach 114

Chapter 6 Social Security for Rural Migrant Workers in China: Current Coverage, Institutional Design and Policy Suggestions Changyou Zhu Zhu, Changyou 142

Chapter 7 Reading the Signposts: Social Protection for Home-based Women Workers in South Asia Ratna M. Sudarshan Sudarshan, Ratna M. 165

Chapter 8 Approaching Basic and Economic Security for Informal Workers through National and Local Initiatives: Case Studies of Home-based Workers in South East Asia Donna L. Doane Doane, Donna L. 190

Chapter 9 Women's Vulnerability, Risk and Social Protection: An Exploration of Links between Property Ownership and Domestic Violence in South Asia Swati Chakraborty Chakraborty, Swati 219

Chapter 10 Food Security at the Local Level: A Study in Contrast between Kerala and Orissa in India N. Vijayamohanan Pillai Pillai, N. Vijayamohanan 245

Chapter 11 Targeting in Social Protection Programmes: The Experience of Indonesia Sudarno Sumarto Sumarto, Sudarno 278

Chapter 12 Crafting a Graduation Pathway for the Ultra Poor: Lessons and Evidence from a BRAC Programme in Bangladesh Mehnaz Rabbani Rabbani, Mehnaz 319

About the Editors 353

Notes on Contributors 355

Index 361

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