Welfare Capitalism in Southeast Asia

Social Security, Health and Education Policies

  • M. Ramesh
  • Mukul G. Asher

Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. M. Ramesh, Mukul G. Asher
    Pages 1-16
  3. M. Ramesh, Mukul G. Asher
    Pages 17-29
  4. Mukul G. Asher
    Pages 30-80
  5. M. Ramesh, Mukul G. Asher
    Pages 81-118
  6. M. Ramesh, Mukul G. Asher
    Pages 119-143
  7. M. Ramesh, Mukul G. Asher
    Pages 144-175
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 196-217

About this book


This is the only in-depth study of social policies in Southeast Asia. It compares social security, health, and education policies in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. After describing the policies and assessing their adequacy and equity implications, it examines the forces that have shaped them. It concludes that social programs (except for primary education) in the region are both inadequate and inequitable. It argues that the reason for this is political rather than cultural or socio-economic.


capitalism crisis economy education health political economy social security

Authors and affiliations

  • M. Ramesh
    • 1
  • Mukul G. Asher
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of GovernmentUniversity of SydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Economics and Public Policy ProgrammeNational University of SingaporeSingapore

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