How the Productivist Welfare System Frames the Risks of Ageing During the COVID-19 Pandemic : Insights From the Four Asian Tigers

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Abstract

COVID-19 presents a systemic social risk for the East Asian welfare system. This chapter focuses on global shocks and its policy responses targeted at older residents, which are East Asia's most pressing social policy issues before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. This review reveals that Taiwan and South Korea seem to combine the developmental-universalist and social democratic welfare state models, whereas Hong Kong and Singapore have followed a typical mix of development-universalist and facilitative approaches. Overall, they have successfully transitioned from an economic-driven preference to a more balanced protective-productive feature, but they have done so through multiple pathways, with the market-conforming role of social policy for the elderly remaining dominant. This study responds to the current debate on policy continuity and adaptation in East Asia and suggests a new perspective.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Trends in Governance and Policy Paradigms
EditorsMahani HAMDAN, Muhammad ANSHARI, Norainie AHMAD, Emil ALI
PublisherIGI Global Publishing
Chapter12
Pages209-230
ISBN (Electronic)9798369317440
ISBN (Print)9798369317426
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Apr 2024

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