Social Security Policy in Hong Kong

Social Security Policy in Hong Kong : From British Colony to China's Special Administrative Region

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Social Security Policy in Hong Kong: From British Colony to Special Administrative Region of China, by Chak Kwan Chan, is the first book which systematically examines Hong Kong's social security policies across a period of 170 years. In particular, Chan analyses how Hong Kong, the world's freest economy, has maintained its small government by manipulating Chinese welfare ideologies.show more

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  • Hardback | 260 pages
  • 157.48 x 228.6 x 22.86mm | 521.63g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739149547
  • 9780739149546
  • 2,093,099

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Chak Kwan Chan's Social Security in Hong Kong is a well-written book on Hong Kong's social welfare policies. ... [T]his is an informative book which serves as a useful textbook or background reference for the study of Hong Kong society. The China Journal In this very well-written and richly detailed analysis, Chak Kwan Chan offers a convincing argument to explain why Hong Kong's social welfare system has remained highly residual as a result of skillful manipulation by colonial officials on traditional Chinese family values. The author's insightful analysis on the political economy of social welfare makes a significant contribution to the literature on East Asian social policy and social development. It should be widely read in the academic and policy communities. -- James Lee, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University [This] is among a handful of studies that have paid attention to the role of European imperialism in social welfare and should inspire more research into this neglected topic. It also offers important insights of relevance to social security policy in other parts of the world as well. -- James Midgley, University of California, Berkeley The book is probably the best I have read about social policy in Hong Kong. Tracing welfare development in Hong Kong, the author discusses the influence of traditional Chinese values on welfare, the interplay between British colonialism and Chinese socialism, and the striving of the local Hong Kong people to develop a system that links up welfare and democracy. -- Nelson Chow, University of Hong Kong Social Security Policy in Hong Kong is undoubtedly the outstanding book on social security and the nature of the welfare system in Hong Kong. The book makes accessible a mountain of evidence and is essential reading for anyone interested in social policy in Hong Kong and China. -- Alan Walker, University of Sheffieldshow more

About Chak Kwan Chan

Chak Kwan Chan is reader in social policy at Nottingham Trent University.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 List of Tables Chapter 2 Abbreviations Chapter 3 Preface Chapter 4 Chapter One: Hong Kong Social Policy and Chinese Welfare Ideologies Chapter 5 Chapter Two: Co-Optive Politics and Welfare Constraints Chapter 6 Chapter Three: Legitimacy and Chinese Welfare Ideologies Chapter 7 Chapter Four: Traditional Chinese Welfare Ideologies Chapter 8 Chapter Five: Social Security and Chinese Welfare Ideologies Before 1945 Chapter 9 Chapter Six: Social Security and Chinese Welfare Ideologies: 1945-1967 Chapter 10 Chapter Seven: Social Security and Chinese Welfare Ideologies: 1968-1997 Chapter 11 Chapter Eight: Postcolonial Polity and Welfare Approach Chapter 12 Chapter Nine: Postcolonial Social Security and Chinese Welfare Ideologies Chapter 13 Chapter Ten: Chinese Welfare Ideologies and Hong Kong's Capitalism Chapter 14 Bibliography Chapter 15 Indexshow more