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Handbook on East Asian Social Policy

Edited by Misa Izuhara, Reader in Comparative Policy Research, University of Bristol, UK
Dramatic socio-economic transformations over the last two decades have brought social policy and social welfare issues to prominence in many East Asian societies. Since the 1990s and in response to national as well as global pressure, there have been substantial developments and reforms in social policy in the region but the development paths have been uneven. Until recently, comparative analysis of East Asian social policy tends to have focused on the established welfare state of Japan and the emerging welfare regimes of four ‘Tiger Economies’. Much of the recent debate indeed preceded China’s re-emergence onto the world economy. In this context, this Handbook brings China more fully into the contemporary social policy debates in East Asia. Organised around five themes from welfare state developments, to theories and methodologies, to current social policy issues, the Handbook presents original research from leading specialists in the fields, and provides a fresh and updated perspective to the study of social policy.
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Publication Date: 2013
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Dramatic socio-economic transformations over the last two decades have brought social policy and social welfare issues to prominence in many East Asian societies. Since the 1990s and in response to national as well as global pressure, there have been substantial developments and reforms in social policy in the region but the development paths have been uneven. Until recently, comparative analysis of East Asian social policy tends to have focused on the established welfare state of Japan and the emerging welfare regimes of four ‘Tiger Economies’. Much of the recent debate indeed preceded China’s re-emergence onto the world economy. In this context, this Handbook brings China more fully into the contemporary social policy debates in East Asia. Organised around five themes from welfare state developments, to theories and methodologies, to current social policy issues, the Handbook presents original research from leading specialists in the fields, and provides a fresh and updated perspective to the study of social policy.

Providing a comparative international approach, this Handbook will appeal to academics, researchers and students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels working in the fields of social policy, as well as policy makers and practitioners who are interested in social policy lessons from other societies.
Contributors: K. Caraher, H.M. Chan, K.W. Chan, R.K.H. Chan, Y.-f. Chang, Y.J. Choi, R. Forrest, J. Hudson, G.-J. Hwang, M. Iwata, M. Izuhara, D. Jung, P. Kennett, Y.-w. Ku, M. Lau, S. Liu, W.Y.W. Lo, T.-l. Lui, K.K. Mehta, K.H. Mok, L.L.-S. Ngan, K. Ngok, C.-u. Park, R. Ronald, N. Soma, S. Sung, S. Takegawa, A. Walker, C.-k. Wong, L. Wong, J. Yamashita
Contents:

Introduction
Misa Izuhara

PART I: SHAPING WELFARE STATES IN EAST ASIA: ORIGIN AND DEVELOPMENT PATHS
1. Pathways of Welfare State Development in East Asia
John Hudson and Gyu-Jin Hwang

2. Between Western Europe and East Asia: Development of Social Policy in Japan
Shogo Takegawa

3. Social Policy and its Implications to Structural Shifts: A Comparison between Taiwan and Korea in the Colonial Era
Yu-fang Chang and Yeun-wen Ku

4. Past Policies, Current Arrangements: The Enduring Influence of British Colonial Social Policy in Malaysia and Hong Kong
Kevin Caraher

5. Shaping Social Policy in the Reform Era in China
Kinglun Ngok

PART II: DEMOGRAPHY, ECONOMY AND SOCIAL POLICY
6. After the Regional and Global Financial Crises: Social Development Challenges and Social Policy Responses in Hong Kong and Macau
Ka Ho Mok

7. Exploring Social and Generational Equity in the Context of China’s Socio-economic and Demographic Transition
Maggie Lau

8. Transitional Generations? The Contrasting Experiences of the 30-Somethings in China and Japan
Ray Forrest and Misa Izuhara

9. The Shaping of Social Policies in Relation to Demographic Ageing in East Asia
Kalyani K. Mehta

PART III: EAST ASIA AND WELFARE REGIME DEBATES
10. Developmentalism and Productivism in East Asian Welfare Regimes
Young Jun Choi

11. Ethnocentrism, the Developmental State and East Asian Welfare
Alan Walker and Chack-kie Wong

12. Social Protection, Governance and the Dynamics of Inclusion and Exclusion in East Asia
Patricia Kennett, Kam Wah Chan and Lucille Lok-Sun Ngan

13. Gender and Welfare States in East Asia: Women between Tradition and Equality
Sirin Sung

PART IV: RESEARCH AND SOCIETY
14. Presence of the State: Probing the Middle Class and Civic Organizations in Chinese Societies
Tai-lok Lui and Shuo Liu

15. The Role of Philosophy and Ethics in Social Policy and Research: A Case Study of Hong Kong and Other Chinese Societies
Ho Mun Chan

16. Challenges and Directions: Building a Comparative Quantitative Dataset for East Asian Social Policies
Chan-ung Park and Dongchul Jung

17. Qualitative Research on Family Generations in Changing East Asian Societies
Misa Izuhara and Ray Forrest

PART V: CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL POLICY CHALLENGES IN EAST ASIA
18. Housing Policy in East Asia
Richard Ronald

19. From Apartheid to Semi-citizenship: Chinese Migrant Workers and their Challenge to Social Policy
Linda Wong

20. Poverty, the Working Poor and Social Policy in East Asia: Exploring the Second Safety Net Proposal in Japan
Masami Iwata

21. The Political Economy of Cross-border Higher Education: The Intra-national Flow of Students in Greater China
William Yat Wai Lo

22. Re-examining Family-centred Care Arrangements in East Asia
Junko Yamashita, Naoko Soma and Raymond K.H. Chan

Index