The question whether Asian welfare types can be classified as distinctly ‘productivist’ has remained subject to lively debates: in East Asia, the recent implementation of social rights‐based public policy innovations – including working family support – as a response to rising inequalities, welfare expectations and accelerating social change has been well documented; similarly, South East Asian and South Asian economies have featured much more frequently in comparative social policy analysis as policymakers have sought to address persisting chronic poverty, a diminishing demographic dividend and burdensome epidemiological transitions via integrating human capital formation with social protection measures.
This work is part of ‘Poverty reduction and regional integration: a comparative analysis of SADC and UNASUR health policies’ project supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the UK Department for International Development.
Mok, K. H., Kühner, S., and Yeates, N. (2017) Introduction – Managing Welfare Expectations and Social Change: Policy Responses in Asia. Social Policy & Administration, 51: 845–856. doi: 10.1111/spol.12335.
Introduction – Managing Welfare Expectations and Social Change: Policy Responses in Asia