The East Asian Welfare Model: Welfare Orientalism and the State

The East Asian Welfare Model: Welfare Orientalism and the State

by Roger Goodman, Gordon White
     
 

ISBN-10: 041517211X

ISBN-13: 9780415172110

Pub. Date: 08/25/1998

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

For many politicians and observers in the West, East Asia has provided a broad range of positive images of the state's intervention in society. Neoliberals grew excited by popular welfare systems that cost little in expenditure and bureaucracy. Social-democrats thought they had found a model for social cohesion and equality. In fact the reality in East Asia is

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For many politicians and observers in the West, East Asia has provided a broad range of positive images of the state's intervention in society. Neoliberals grew excited by popular welfare systems that cost little in expenditure and bureaucracy. Social-democrats thought they had found a model for social cohesion and equality. In fact the reality in East Asia is rather different from these stereotypes.
In this book six specialists of six different societies in East Asia (Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Singapore and Hong Kong) examine the role of the state in their welfare systems. There are detailed case studies on pensions, health insurance, housing and personal social services. They provide an up-to-date detailed account of how these systems have developed as well as an examination of the question of whether these welfare regimes are the natural outgrowth of cultural traditions or the result of economic and political conditions.
This broad-ranging and detailed study will be welcomed by both students and policy makers as the first proper academic study in English to have such a wide coverage of this topic. Its clarity and authority should come as a welcome alternative to the more common misconceptions about Asian society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415172110
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/25/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

Table of Contents

Gordon White 1942-1988
List of figures and tables
Notes on contributors
Acknowledgements
Editors' preface
Pt. IAn overview of the study1
1Welfare Orientalism and the search for an East Asian welfare model3
Pt. IIAn overview of East Asian welfare systems25
2Democracy and the politics of social welfare: a comparative analysis of welfare systems in East Asia27
Pt. IIICountry case studies75
3Welfare and governance: public housing under Singapore's party-state77
4The South Korean National Pension Programme: fulfilling its promise?106
5Can we afford it? The development of National Health Insurance in Taiwan119
6The 'Japanese-style welfare state' and the delivery of personal social services139
7The making of social policy in Hong Kong: social welfare development in the 1980s and 1990s159
8Social security reforms in China: towards an East Asian model?175
Index199

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