Welfare Reform in East Asia: Towards Workfare

1st Edition

Chak Kwan Chan, Kinglun Ngok

Routledge
Published October 29, 2013
Reference - 174 Pages - 8 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415728379 - CAT# Y157743
Series: Comparative Development and Policy in Asia

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Summary

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.

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