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Social Policy Review 25Analysis and debate in social policy, 2013$
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Gaby Ramia, Kevin Farnsworth, and Zoe Irving

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447312741

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447312741.001.0001

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Social policy and culture: the cases of Japan and South Korea

Social policy and culture: the cases of Japan and South Korea

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Social Policy Review 25

Nam K. Jo

Policy Press

Nam K. Jo's chapter shifts the focus away from the economy towards the question of how important culture is in policymaking. More specifically, she brings a fresh pair of eyes to the familiar debate concerning the impact of Confucianism in the South Korean and Japanese welfare states. Jo helps to unpack the meaning of Confucianism and its potential impact on social policy. She also explores the related issues of religion and culture. She then ambitiously sets out to measure the impact of Confucianism on policy. She concludes that Confucianism is important, but argues that its impact is subtler than others have maintained.

Keywords:   Culture, Policymaking, Confucianism, South Korea, Japan, Religion

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