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East Asian welfare regimes in transition : From Confucianism to globalisation - Alan Walker

East Asian welfare regimes in transition

From Confucianism to globalisation

By: Alan Walker (Editor), Chack-kie Wong (Editor)

Paperback Published: 30th March 2005
ISBN: 9781861345523
Number Of Pages: 248

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Eastern welfare systems have largely been neglected by Western social policy. There is very little information in the West about their operation and the differences between them. Yet, as China and South-East Asia emerge as a major regional economic block, it is vital to understand the social models that are in operation there and how they are developing. This book puts the spotlight on the Chinese and South-East Asian welfare systems, providing an up-to-date assessment of their character and development. In particular it examines the underlying assumptions of these systems and how the processes of globalisation are impacting on them. As well as specific country case studies, there is a valuable comparative analysis of Eastern and Western welfare states. The book: provides a unique insight into the main South-East Asian welfare systems written by experts living and working within them; focuses on 'Confucianism' and globalisation to provide an account of tradition and change within the South-East Asian cultural context. Eastern welfare states in transition will be essential reading for students of social policy requiring an understanding of non-Western welfare systems. Policy makers and practitioners who are interested in how Eastern welfare systems are adapting to globalisation will also find it an important read.

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"A valuable and original contribution to the limited comparative literature on Eastern welfare systems. Academics, students and practitioners working within international agencies should read this book to gain a better understanding of the ways in which welfare needs are met in societies with varying histories and ideologies." Adrian Sinfield, School of Social and Political Studies, University of Edinburgh

Introduction : East Asian welfare regimesp. 3
Is welfare unAsian?p. 21
Social welfare in Chinap. 49
Hong Kong : from familistic to Confucian welfarep. 73
Managing welfare in post-colonial Hong Kongp. 95
The welfare regime in Japanp. 117
Taiwan : what kind of social policy regime?p. 145
The development of the South Korean welfare regimep. 165
The welfare regime in Singaporep. 187
Conclusion : from Confucianism to globalisationp. 213
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ISBN: 9781861345523
ISBN-10: 1861345526
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 30th March 2005
Publisher: Policy Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.36