Welfare and Inequality in Marketizing East Asia

  • Jonathan D. London

Part of the Studies in the Political Economy of Public Policy book series (PEPP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Welfare, Inequality, and Marketization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jonathan D London
      Pages 3-44
    3. Jonathan D. London
      Pages 45-82
    4. Jonathan D. London
      Pages 83-114
    5. Jonathan D. London
      Pages 137-169
  3. Social Orders and Marketization in Process

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 377-435

About this book


The world-scale expansion of markets and market relations ranks among the most transformative developments of our times. We can refer to this process by way of a generic if inelegant term – marketization. This book explores how processes of marketization have registered across East Asia’s diverse social landscape and its implications for patterns of welfare and inequality. While there has been great interest in East Asia’s economic rise, treatments of welfare and inequality in the region have been largely relegated to specialist literatures. Proceeding from a synthetic critique of political economy, this book places welfare and inequality at the center of a more encompassing comparative approach to political economy that construes countries as dynamic, globally embedded social orders defined and animated by distinctive social relational and institutional features.


Asia East Asia political economy political science politics public policy welfare

Authors and affiliations

  • Jonathan D. London
    • 1
  1. 1.Leiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands

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