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The coming of East and South-East Asian welfare states
Södertörn University, Avdelning 4, Sociology.
2000 (English)In: Journal of European Social Policy, ISSN 0958-9287, E-ISSN 1461-7269, Vol. 10, no 2, 162-184 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Is has long been assumed among Western commentators that rapid economic growth in East and South-east Asia has been achieved without the development of social policies. It has often been inferred that growth without social welfare is not only possible, but beneficial to further strong economic growth. The article questions these perceptions and beliefs. First, to what extent did East and South-east Asian countries delay the introduction of social insurance schemes compared so European pioneering countries, in the sense of introducing them only at a much higher level of 'modernization'? Second, to what extent was the economic miracle achieved by some of these countries based on (or accompanied by) attempts to forestall or retrench welfare stare schemes? Third, to what extent has the recent financial crisis led to attempts at lowering or changing standards of social protection The study shows that the Asian countries generally introduced social security programmes at a lower level of 'modernization' than Western European countries; that rapid and strong economic growth in the decade 1985-95 has in general been accompanied by welfare expansion; and that even after the financial crisis of 1997 expansion of state welfare responsibility is more evident than efforts to reduce or dismantle state welfare responsibility.

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2000. Vol. 10, no 2, 162-184 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-7163ISI: 000087396600004ScopusID: 2-s2.0-0034075412OAI: diva2:405541

Även i:Welfare states : construction, deconstruction, reconstruction. Vol. 2, Varieties and transformations / edited by Stephan Leibfried and Steffen Mau. - 2008. - ISBN: 978-1-84720-080-8. S. 136-158

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