Conservative Welfare State Systems in East Asia

Conservative Welfare State Systems in East Asia

by Christian Aspalter


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Aspalter provides six country studies of the most developed welfare state systems in East Asia-Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and the People's Republic of China. He applies a political approach to examine the causal determinants of welfare state development, such as:

•historical factors

•political systems

•party systems

•the politics of legitimization

•the impact of constitutions

•state structures


•social movements

A common trend in East Asian welfare state politics appears throughout this approach, and Aspalter shows that the welfare state is being extended, not reduced, as is the case in many areas affected by economic globalization. He concludes that social insurance systems are, for the most part, divided into occupational classes. Also, social assistance is highly stigmatized, and, for the most part, guaranteed after means tests. Most importantly, the State shows a strong disapproval of government-financed social welfare policies. This provocative analysis will be of particular interest to scholars, students, and other researchers involved with East Asia and comparative social welfare systems.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275974152
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/30/2001
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

CHRISTIAN ASPALTER is currently teaching at the Department of Public Policy and Administration of Shantou University in China and at the Department of Social Work and Social Administration of Hong Kong University./e

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South Korea


Hong Kong


Mainland China

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