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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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Taiwan: what kind of social policy regime?

Taiwan: what kind of social policy regime?

Chapter:
(p.145) Seven Taiwan: what kind of social policy regime?
Source:
East Asian welfare regimes in transition
Author(s):

Michael Hill

Yuan-shie Hwang

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861345523.003.0007

This chapter examines a different Chinese society, Taiwan. It grounds the analyses of Taiwan's social policy in the debate about welfare regimes. It includes detailed analyses of the development of health insurance and pensions. It points to the corporatist Bismarckian origins of Taiwan's social insurance schemes, which coexist with minimal welfare provision apart from public education. It also emphasises the key role of the state in the development and maintenance of social policy and the new conditions, especially globalisation, which confront an underdeveloped welfare system.

Keywords:   Chinese society, Taiwan's social policy, welfare regimes, health insurance, pensions, social insurance

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