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Democratizing Health Care

Welfare State Building in Korea and Thailand

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Part of the Asia Today book series (ASIAT)

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About this book


This book provides an account of milestone health insurance reforms that took place in Korea and Thailand, which significantly advanced equitable access and redistribution in health care. Thai and Korean welfare champions were deeply informed by their experiences as activists in their countries' democracy movements.


Welfare state health insurance policy reform Korea Thailand civil society democracy movements democracy health health care policymaking society

About the authors

Illan Nam is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Colgate University, USA.

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“The detailed history that Nam provides is well done and fruitfully extends the existing literature. … Nam’s book represents an important contribution to the emerging literature on the welfare state in the industrializing world. It advances new concepts and sparks interesting debates.” (Joseph Harris, Governance, Vol. 31 (1), January, 2018)