Academic journal article Journal of Comparative Family Studies

Discovering the Welfare State in East Asia

Academic journal article Journal of Comparative Family Studies

Discovering the Welfare State in East Asia

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ASPALTER, Christian, editor. DISCOVERING THE WELFARE STATE IN EAST ASIA. Westport, Connecticut: Praeger, 2002, 198 pp., $56.95 hardcover.

The book has the aim to describe the Welfare State in East Asia well aware of the fact that these so-called residual welfare states have to be seen different than the European one. It covers Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore.

The editor starts with an article on the theory of the welfare state and gives a critique of marxist as well as functionalist approaches and their combinations. In the Weberian concept especially in the focus of Max Weber on the party system he finds a solution of the shortages of the other.

Ito Pen explores the role of gender in the welfare State of Japan highlighting also the situation of the elderly. Huck-Ju Kwon gives insight to the Korean Welfare State, describing various programs. A rather thoroughly discussion of the Welfare State in Hong Kong is given by Raymond K. H. Chan. He not only describes the development of the Welfare State since 1970, he also assesses its strategy and impact. Finally he shows the development since 1997.

The editor himself adds to this the next chapter on the role of nongovernmental associations in Hong Kong and their contribution to the Welfare State.

The chapter on Taiwan, written by Yeun-Wen Ku. In outlining the welfare system he reports demographic trends and family changes focussing on the living conditions of the elderly in Taiwan.

Finally the editor Christian Aspalter is describing Singapore! …

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