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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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The welfare regime in Singapore

The welfare regime in Singapore

(p.187) Nine The welfare regime in Singapore
East Asian welfare regimes in transition

Vincent Wijeysingha

Policy Press

This chapter adopts an explicit political economy approach towards understanding social policy in Singapore. Singapore emphasises what people see in other East Asian countries: on the one hand, the subordination of public welfare to economic growth and development and, on the other, reliance on the family and, to a greater or lesser extent, the third sector. The chapter traces the development of social policy along with the four phases of economic development in the post-colonial era. The government's response to the global economic recession in the early years of this century was an expansion of welfare provision and has been accompanied by an easing of the previously strong rhetoric concerning state benevolence and the need to avoid welfare dependency.

Keywords:   political economy, social policy, East Asian countries, public welfare, economic growth, state benevolence

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