The Crisis of Welfare in East Asia

The Crisis of Welfare in East Asia

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The Crisis of Welfare in East Asia adopts a unique and critical perspective on contemporary social welfare policies in East Asia. This edited volume reflects on current welfare theories and challenges the dominant productivist ideology that overemphasizes the influence of work and family. James Lee and Kam-Wah Chan bring together authors from different social policy domains to provide an updated assessment of inadequacies and limitations in current social policies as well as the problematic theories guiding them. The authors demystify the so-called "East Asian Welfare Model" and reengage themselves in the identification of an appropriate welfare ideology, which includes a selective integration of social policy and economic development. The Crisis of Welfare in East Asia is a dynamic and enlightening read that will interest students of public policy and those interested in welfare capitalism.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 286 pages
  • 160 x 248 x 27mm | 621g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739111787
  • 9780739111789
  • 2,220,426

About James Lee

James Lee is associate professor at the Department of Public and Social Administration at the City University of Hong Kong. Kam-wah Chan is associate professor at the Department of Applied Social Sciences at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
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Review quote

In this thoughtful and interesting book, James Lee and Kam-wah Chan examine different facets of social policy in East Asia and ask whether recent developments are indicative of a crisis in welfare. The book addresses many complex issues and makes a significant contribution to the literature. It deserves to be widely read. -- James Midgley, Harry and Riva Specht Professor, School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley
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Table of contents

Chapter 1 Deciphering Productivism and Developmentalism in East Asian Social Welfare Chapter 2 Emerging Issues in Developmental Welfarism in Singapore Chapter 3 Ageing Population in East Asia: Impacts on Social Protection and Social Policy Reforms in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan Chapter 4 Change and Inertia in Housing Policy: Japanese Housing System during Economic Crisis Chapter 5 Globalization, Regime Transformation, and Social Policy Development in Taiwan Chapter 6 The Crisis of Social Security Financing in Hong Kong Chapter 7 Age Discrimination in the Labour Market: Barriers to Active Ageing in Hong Kong Chapter 8 Contradictions of Welfare and the Market: The Case of Hong Kong Chapter 9 Managing the SARS Crisis in Hong Kong: Reviving the Economy or Reconstructing a Healthy Society Chapter 10 Between Idealism and Realism: The Evolution of Full Employment Policy in China Chapter 11 The Coming Housing Crisis of China Chapter 12 Concluding Observations: Is there a Crisis of Welfare in East Asia?
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