Welfare reform in East Asia : towards workfare?
In many Western countries, social welfare payments are increasingly being made conditional on recipients doing voluntary work or attending job training courses, a system known as "welfare-to-work" or "workfare". Although social welfare in Asia is very different to the West, with much smaller social welfare budgets, a strong self-reliance and a much higher dependency on family networks to provide support, the workfare approach is also being adopted in many Asian countries. This is the first book to provide a comprehensive overview of how welfare reform around work is implemented in leading East Asian. Based on the experiences of seven East Asian economies - including China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau - this book critically analyses current trends; the social, economic and political factors which lead to the implementation of workfare; compares the similarities and differences of workfare in the different polities and assesses their effectiveness.
Copyright © 2011 Chak Kwan Chan and Kinglun Ngok for selection and editorial material. Individual chapters, the contributors.
Chan, C. K., & Ngok, K. (Eds.) (2011). Welfare reform in East Asia: Towards workfare? Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780203810149