• Mason M. S. Kim


What is the precise nature of welfare arrangements in capitalist East Asia? Are East Asian welfare states suitably fitted into the tripartite framework of liberal, conservative, and social democratic models developed by Esping-Andersen (1990)? If not, is there an overarching East Asian welfare model, just as many Asian scholars think of social policy in East Asia as being primarily “productivist” (Holliday 2000)? If the so-called “productivist” model is compelling and acceptable, what are the main characteristics of this model? Is it fair to assume that productivist welfarism has not experienced paradigmatic changes and therefore the key features are mostly identical among East Asian newly industrialized economies (NIEs)? Or if East Asian welfare states have evolved into a number of subtypes with systematic variations, what are the driving forces behind these variations? In short, how can we understand the presumed continuity and change of today’s East Asian welfare regime?


Welfare State Social Protection Welfare Regime Political Trust East Asian Economy 
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© Mason M. S. Kim 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mason M. S. Kim
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  1. 1.Spelman CollegeUSA

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