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New Welfare States in East Asia

Global Challenges and Restructuring

New Welfare States in East Asia by Gyu-Jin Hwang
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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, comparative social policy.
Edward Elgar Publishing; July 2011
192 pages; ISBN 9781849807531
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Title: New Welfare States in East Asia
Author: Gyu-Jin Hwang