New Welfare States in East Asia: Global Challenges and Restructuring

New Welfare States in East Asia: Global Challenges and Restructuring

by Gyu-Jin Hwang (Editor)


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The fast changing economic climate is creating substantial pressure for welfare state restructuring worldwide. Yet the discussion regarding challenges faced and the responses required has been confined to the ‘standard welfare states’ in the West. This book examines whether these challenges also apply to the countries in the East, whether these countries have generated different responses to their Western counterparts, and whether they have undergone a process of regime transformation while responding to these pressures.

Comparative in approach, this book offers lively discussion on the new social challenges faced in East Asia following the unprecedented scale of the recent global financial crisis. It reaches beyond policy descriptions to offer more systematic analyses of welfare restructuring in the region in relation to the fast changing global economic order. By examining the dynamics of welfare state restructuring both in terms of continuity and change, it explores intensified impacts of global restructuring of welfare and the nature of welfare state adaptation in the region.

This fascinating and thought provoking read will prove invaluable to academics, researchers and students with an interest in social policy, international social policy and comparative social policy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849807524
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Edited by Gyu-Jin Hwang, University of Sydney, Australia

Table of Contents


1. New Global Challenges and Welfare State Restructuring in East Asia: Continuity and Change

Gyu-Jin Hwang

2. The Welfare Modelling Business Revisited: The Case of East Asian Welfare Regimes

Peter Abrahamson

3. Analysing the Productive Dimensions of Welfare: Looking Beyond East Asia

John Hudson and Stefan Kühner

4. Labour Market Risks in De-industrializing East Asian Economies: The Cases of Korea, Japan and Taiwan

Sophia Seung-yoon Lee

5. Welfare–work Link in East Asia after the Economic Crisis: Korea and Japan since the 1990s

Dongchul Jung and Chan-ung Park

6. Social Safety Net for the Working Poor in Japan, Korea and Taiwan

Norimichi Goishi

7. Economic Restructuring and Changing Work/Family Life: The Cases of Japan and China

Takeda Hiroko, Jieyu Liu and Junko Yamashita

8. Right Diagnosis and Appropriate Treatment for the Global Financial Crisis? Social Protection Measures and Social Policy Responses in East Asia

Ka Ho Mok


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