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Social policy review 27Analysis and debate in social policy, 2015$
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Zoë Irving, Zoë Irving, Menno Fenger, and John Hudson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447322771

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447322771.001.0001

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The welfare modelling business in the east asian welfare state debate

The welfare modelling business in the east asian welfare state debate

(p.225) Eleven The welfare modelling business in the east asian welfare state debate
Social policy review 27

Gyu-Jin Hwang

Policy Press

This chapter discusses the influence of Esping-Andersen’s work in comparative analyses of the welfare state in East Asia. On the one hand, it has led to an enormous increase of social scientific interest beyond the once dominant intellectual terrain of economic development. On the other hand, while we now know much more about the East Asian welfare systems and their uniqueness and similarities than before, there has been lack of progress towards a more nuanced theory-building process. Limited in ambition, perhaps, little is available about East Asian welfare development that can parallel some of the path-breaking contributions concerning the development of welfare states in the West. As such, the focus on typologising that has been prompted by The three worlds of welfare capitalism might have produced a blind alley at the expense of the bigger and arguably more important question of why welfare regimes develop.

Keywords:   East Asia, welfare capitalism, Esping-Andersen, typology, theory-building

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