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East Asian welfare regimes in transitionFrom Confucianism to globalisation$
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Alan Walker and Chack-kie Wong

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861345523

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861345523.001.0001

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Conclusion: from Confucianism to globalisation

Conclusion: from Confucianism to globalisation

(p.213) Ten Conclusion: from Confucianism to globalisation
East Asian welfare regimes in transition

Alan Walker

Chack-kie Wong

Policy Press

This chapter returns to the role of Confucianism in East Asian welfare regimes and characterises it as an adjunct to political ideology. Then, while emphasising the differences between the East Asian welfare regimes in their paths of development, the discussion proposes six key factors that are essential to their political economy: development, political ideology, authoritarianism, colonialism, ethnicity and gender. It discusses the impact and political function of globalisation. Finally, in contrast to the almost universal negative rhetoric surrounding welfare in contemporary East Asia, this chapter stresses the positive role of social welfare provision as a source of well-being for citizens in the region as well as a major promoter of economic growth.

Keywords:   welfare regimes, East Asia, political ideology, political economy, authoritarianism, colonialism, ethnicity, gender, social welfare provision

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