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Transforming the developmental welfare states in East Asia

  • Huck-ju Kwon
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    This article attempts to explain changes and continuity in the developmental welfare states in Korea and Taiwan Province of China (hereafter Taiwan) within the East Asian context. It first elaborates two strands of welfare developmentalism (selective vs. inclusive), and establishes that the welfare state in those countries fell into the selective category of developmental welfare states before the Asian economic crisis of 1997. Secondly, this paper argues that the policy reform toward an inclusive welfare state in Korea and Taiwan was triggered by the need for structural reform in the economy. Lastly, this paper argues that the idea of an inclusive developmental welfare state should be explored in the wider context of economic and social development.

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    Paper provided by United Nations, Department of Economics and Social Affairs in its series Working Papers with number 40.

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    Length: 17 pages
    Date of creation: Jul 2007
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    Handle: RePEc:une:wpaper:40
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    1. Y Hsing, 1996. "Blood, thicker than water: interpersonal relations and Taiwanese investment in southern China," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 28(12), pages 2241-2261, December.
    2. Ian Holliday, 2000. "Productivist Welfare Capitalism: Social Policy in East Asia," Political Studies, Political Studies Association, vol. 48(4), pages 706-723, 09.
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