Welfare reform in East Asia : towards workfare?

Chak Kwan Chan* (Editor), Kinglun Ngok (Editor)

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Abstract

In many Western countries, social welfare payments are increasingly being made conditional on recipients doing voluntary work or attending job training courses, a system known as “welfare-to-work” or “workfare”. Although social welfare in Asia is very different to the West, with much smaller social welfare budgets, a strong self-reliance and a much higher dependency on family networks to provide support, the workfare approach is also being adopted in many Asian countries. This is the first book to provide a comprehensive overview of how welfare reform around work is implemented in leading East Asian.

Based on the experiences of seven East Asian economies - including China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau - this book critically analyses current trends; the social, economic and political factors which lead to the implementation of workfare; compares the similarities and differences of workfare in the different polities and assesses their effectiveness.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages173
ISBN (Print)9780203810149
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Chan, Chak Kwan (Editor) ; Ngok, Kinglun (Editor). / Welfare reform in East Asia : towards workfare?. Taylor and Francis, 2011. 173 p.
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Taylor and Francis, 2011. 173 p.

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