Welfare Capitalism in Taiwan

State, Economy and Social Policy

  • Yeun-wen Ku

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Yeun-wen Ku
      Pages 1-15
  3. State Welfare Development in Taiwan: An Overview of History and Literature

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Yeun-wen Ku
      Pages 19-30
    3. Yeun-wen Ku
      Pages 31-48
    4. Yeun-wen Ku
      Pages 49-63
    5. Yeun-wen Ku
      Pages 64-74
  4. Welfare Capitalism in Taiwan: Towards an Integrated Marxist Account

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Yeun-wen Ku
      Pages 121-161
    3. Yeun-wen Ku
      Pages 240-246
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 250-279

About this book


This book explores the development of state welfare in Taiwan, focusing on the interconnection between capitalist development and state welfare from 1895 to 1990, using an integrated Marxist perspective to which the capitalist world system, state structure, ideology, and social structure are considered simultaneously. It argues that neither citizenship nor welfare needs were the concern of Taiwanese social policies. A decline in legitimacy and risen social movements forced the state to expand welfare, namely the National Health Insurance, in the 1980s.


economy Policy social policy

Authors and affiliations

  • Yeun-wen Ku
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of Social Policy and Social WorkNational Chi-Nan UniversityTaiwan

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