|aHandbook on East Asian social policy /|cedited by Misa Izuhara.
|aCheltenham :|bEdward Elgar Pub. Ltd.,|c2013.
|axvi, 515 pages :|billustrations ;|c24 cm.
|aElgar original reference
|aIncludes bibliographical references and index.
|aPt. I. Shaping welfare states in East Asia : origin and development paths -- pt. II. Demography, economy and social policy -- pt. III. East Asia and welfare regime debates -- pt. IV. Research and society -- pt. V. Contemporary social policy challenges in East Asia.
|aDramatic socio-economic transformations over the last two decades have brought social policy and social welfare issues to prominence in many East Asian societies. Since the 1990s and in response to national as well as global pressure, there have been substantial developments and reforms in social policy in the region but the development paths have been uneven. Until recently, comparative analysis of East Asian social policy tends to have focused on the established welfare state of Japan and the emerging welfare regimes of four 'Tiger Economies'. Much of the recent debate indeed preceded China's re-emergence onto the world economy. In this context, this Handbook brings China more fully into the contemporary social policy debates in East Asia. Organised around five themes from welfare state developments, to theories and methodologies, to current social policy issues, the Handbook presents original research from leading specialists in the fields, and provides a fresh and updated perspective to the study of social policy. Providing a comparative international approach, this Handbook will appeal to academics, researchers and students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels working in the fields of social policy, as well as policy makers and practitioners who are interested in social policy lessons from other societies.