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Social Policy in East and Southeast Asia : Education, Health, Housing and Income Maintenance - M. Ramesh

Social Policy in East and Southeast Asia

Education, Health, Housing and Income Maintenance

By: M. Ramesh

Hardcover Published: 29th January 2004
ISBN: 9780415332552
Number Of Pages: 248

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This book provides the first systematic comparison of the policy sectors of income maintenance, health, housing and education in Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan. It focuses particularly on the provision and financing arrangements of these four Asian newly industrialized economies and finds social policy in the region generally to be remarkably developed and comprehensive.
Drawing upon extensive primary research, the author compares the differences in social policy in each of these Asian countries, measuring their outcomes in terms of adequacy, efficiency and equity. The policies of Korea and Taiwan place most importance upon health and income maintenance while policy in Hong Kong foregrounds health and housing, and in Singapore education housing. Comparing each country's social policy with traditional ideals of the welfare state the book concludes that Northeast Asian states, namely Korea and Taiwan, may be best described as 'conservative' while those in Hong Kong and Singapore are more 'liberal' as their policies focus more upon supporting the market than maintaining income.
Locating the importance of Asian social policies in the wake of the recent financial crisis region, this work provides a comprehensive analysis of the different types of welfare state in contemporary Asia. It will be of interest to scholars of Asian Studies, Social Welfare and Public Policy.

Industry Reviews

'This must now be the best source for an account of social policy within Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.' - Social Policy

'Those who are interested in East Asian studies and comparative social policy studies in East Asia should read this book.' - Ka Ho Mok, University of Bristol, in Political Studies Review

Socio-Economic Background
Income Maintenance
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ISBN: 9780415332552
ISBN-10: 0415332559
Series: Routledge Advances in Asia-Pacific Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 29th January 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 1

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