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By James Lee, Kam-wah Chan, Beng-huat Chua, Chyong-Fan Ko, Kyeung-Mi Oh, Tetsuso Ogawa, Connie Pui-yee Tang, Wan-I Lin, Wen-Chi Grace Chou, Raymond Man-hung Ngan, Ping-kwong Kam, Jacky Chau-kiu Cheung, Lai-ching Leung, Ho-lup Fung, Ya-peng Zhu

The drawback of Welfare in East Asia adopts a distinct and demanding standpoint on modern social welfare regulations in East Asia. This edited quantity displays on present welfare theories and demanding situations the dominant productivist ideology that overemphasizes the effect of labor and family members. James Lee and Kam-Wah Chan compile authors from diversified social coverage domain names to supply an up-to-date evaluate of inadequacies and barriers in present social regulations in addition to the complicated theories guiding them. The authors demystify the so-called 'East Asian Welfare version' and reengage themselves within the identity of an acceptable welfare ideology, which incorporates a selective integration of social coverage and fiscal improvement. The obstacle of Welfare in East Asia is a dynamic and enlightening learn that may curiosity scholars of public coverage and people attracted to welfare capitalism.

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From a historical perspective, Fung’s chapter highlights that even in a socialist regime like China, labor security is not what the West usually conceived. Whereas the Chinese espoused universal job security, the reform process has actually created more job displacement than creation, hence, creating hardship for many workers who had grown dependent on the universal workfare system. Vastly different from Western social policy, public housing takes on an extremely important dimension in East Asian social policy.

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The swinging changes as a result of popular politics and the pandering to various interest groups do create difficulties and intractable problems of welfare dependency. As a result, the state encourages more individuals to be dependent, thus incurring serious public debts and economic drawbacks. Another consequence is that the state shares all the financial risks while the most disadvantaged social groups are still susceptible to social risks after years of welfare state implementation. The choice regarding the risks and how to share them out will matter.

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