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Ageing in East Asia : Challenges and Policies for the Twenty-First Century - Tsung-hsi Fu

Ageing in East Asia

Challenges and Policies for the Twenty-First Century

By: Tsung-hsi Fu (Editor), Rhidian Hughes (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st December 2008
ISBN: 9780415454650
Number Of Pages: 208

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Ageing populations present considerable challenges to welfare states internationally, and East Asia is no exception. Demographics show that countries in East Asia either have the highest proportion of older people, or the speed at which their population is ageing is faster than anywhere else in the world. This book explores the causes and trends of population ageing in eight countries, and discusses the challenges and impacts of population ageing on public policies. East Asian countries have developed new policies to meet older people's needs - across health, social care, income maintenance, employment and housing.

Ageing in East Asia provides the first comprehensive introduction to ageing policies in East Asian countries. The book:

  • explores causes and trends of population ageing

  • discusses the challenges and impacts of population ageing on public policies

  • examines the important strategic and theoretical policy contexts of ageing policies in East Asian countries

  • covers eight East Asian countries in dedicated chapters: examining Japan, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

This volume brings East Asian countries clearly into focus, and illuminates the state of welfare development internationally. It provides an important resource for lecturers, students, researchers and policy makers with interest in East Asia, older people and welfare policy.

Industry Reviews

"The 17 writers have raised enough points for reflection in this compact but readable collection to make it a valued addition to university courses on social change in Asia." Terence H. Hull, Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, The Journal of Ageing & Society, Volume 30 - 2010

List of tablesp. vii
List of figuresp. ix
List of contributorsp. x
List of abbreviationsp. xii
Forewordp. xiv
Introduction: challenges to population ageing in East Asiap. 1
Perspectives on ageing in East Asia: the embeddedness of institutionsp. 15
Older people's income security in China: the challenges of population ageingp. 37
Ageing in Japan: Family changes and policy developmentsp. 54
Old-age security in Korea: the strengthened role of the state?p. 72
Population ageing and social policy in Taiwanp. 89
Retirement income protection in Hong Kongp. 105
Ageing in Singapore: policy challenges and innovationsp. 123
Ageing in Malaysia: progress and prospectsp. 138
Ageing in Thailand: challenges and policy responsesp. 161
Indexp. 182
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ISBN: 9780415454650
ISBN-10: 0415454654
Series: Comparative Development and Policy in Asia
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st December 2008
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1