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Emerging Welfare States: Comparing East Asian and Scandinavian Redistribution Models in a Global Context

Nilsson, Kjell LU ; Ring, Magnus LU ; Sandberg, Johan LU and Tran, Hoai Anh LU (2012) ISA Forum
Abstract
In this paper we discuss social policy in relation to different development contexts, where characteristics and outcomes of social policies in different sectors ( e.g.,housing, care, education, social security) are compared.



The paper relates to the discussion on the causes and outcomes of welfare state management in different contexts. However, existing analytical models do not fit the mixtures of welfare provision with redistributive mechanisms at work in many countries.



Analytical models targeted to an analysis of welfare and social policy in developing countries have so far been insufficient. There has been but few attempts at theorizing the diversity of welfare policies in formerly planned... (More)
In this paper we discuss social policy in relation to different development contexts, where characteristics and outcomes of social policies in different sectors ( e.g.,housing, care, education, social security) are compared.



The paper relates to the discussion on the causes and outcomes of welfare state management in different contexts. However, existing analytical models do not fit the mixtures of welfare provision with redistributive mechanisms at work in many countries.



Analytical models targeted to an analysis of welfare and social policy in developing countries have so far been insufficient. There has been but few attempts at theorizing the diversity of welfare policies in formerly planned economies. Recent analyses, such as Wood & Gough (2006) are not easily applicable to transitional economies. In the case of Asia, there is a lack of a thorough account of transitional welfare policies in post-communist countries, such as the one put forth by Deacon (2000) on Eastern Europe and the former Soviet states.



In addition, comparative studies have so far more or less ignored cross-comparisons on sectorial social policy. The mixed economy of welfare varies substantially between different welfare sectors within a specific country. Therefore, our paper focuses on welfare configurations using a sectorial approach.



A major aim of the paper is to compare on a sectorial level Sweden with China and Vietnam, where we contrast parameters of the emerging welfare states in China and Vietnam with the paths of welfare development in Sweden. This opens the possibility of a comparative analysis between the Asian cases and a developed welfare state while at the same time providing the starting point for an analytical model which better informs the theoretical development of transitional welfare policies in post-communist countries. (Less)
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East Asia, comparative studies, mixed economy of welfare, welfare policies, sectorial social policy, Scandinavia, sociologi, sociology
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  abstract     = {In this paper we discuss social policy in relation to different development contexts, where characteristics and outcomes of social policies in different sectors ( e.g.,housing, care, education, social security) are compared. <br/><br>
<br/><br>
The paper relates to the discussion on the causes and outcomes of welfare state management in different contexts. However, existing analytical models do not fit the mixtures of welfare provision with redistributive mechanisms at work in many countries. <br/><br>
<br/><br>
Analytical models targeted to an analysis of welfare and social policy in developing countries have so far been insufficient. There has been but few attempts at theorizing the diversity of welfare policies in formerly planned economies. Recent analyses, such as Wood &amp; Gough (2006) are not easily applicable to transitional economies. In the case of Asia, there is a lack of a thorough account of transitional welfare policies in post-communist countries, such as the one put forth by Deacon (2000) on Eastern Europe and the former Soviet states.<br/><br>
<br/><br>
In addition, comparative studies have so far more or less ignored cross-comparisons on sectorial social policy. The mixed economy of welfare varies substantially between different welfare sectors within a specific country. Therefore, our paper focuses on welfare configurations using a sectorial approach. <br/><br>
<br/><br>
A major aim of the paper is to compare on a sectorial level Sweden with China and Vietnam, where we contrast parameters of the emerging welfare states in China and Vietnam with the paths of welfare development in Sweden. This opens the possibility of a comparative analysis between the Asian cases and a developed welfare state while at the same time providing the starting point for an analytical model which better informs the theoretical development of transitional welfare policies in post-communist countries.},
  author       = {Nilsson, Kjell and Ring, Magnus and Sandberg, Johan and Tran, Hoai Anh},
  keyword      = {East Asia,comparative studies,mixed economy of welfare,welfare policies,sectorial social policy,Scandinavia,sociologi,sociology},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {17},
  title        = {Emerging Welfare States: Comparing East Asian and Scandinavian Redistribution Models in a Global Context},
  year         = {2012},
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