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Welfare configuration : the East Asian NICs and OECD countries compared

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Ye, Su-Ke (1996) Welfare configuration : the East Asian NICs and OECD countries compared. PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

This thesis examines, comparatively, patterns of welfare provisions in
the East Asian NICs (newly industrialising countries) and the OECD
(the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)
countries. It is based on the analysis of secondary data. The concept of
'the welfare state' is historically and culturally specific. It has been used
for a half century, but such usage is inconsistent. Most analytical
approaches to the development of 'the welfare state' do not capture the
dynamics of the relationship between the state and civil society because
the concept of 'the welfare state' is used in a static manner. If we wish
to understand the development of welfare in the East Asian NICs a
better analytic concept is that of 'welfare configuration'. It covers both
the services provided by the state, and by various sectors of civil
society. The study compares welfare configurations in the East Asian
NICs and selected OECD countries with specific reference to education
and child care provisions. Particular attention, is paid to historical
developments and changing social, economic and cultural forces. Four
models of welfare configurations are suggested, taking into
consideration: (a) type of welfare (education, child care etc.); (b) changes
in welfare provision over time; and (c) government policy. It is argued
that different welfare configurations are a result of different
relationships between the state and civil society. The low involvement
of the state in welfare in the East Asian NICs in comparison with the
OECD countries is a function of a weaker civil society and stronger
state power in those countries. This differential strength of civil society
is related to the historical development of these nations and their
geopolitical location.

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Examines and compares patterns of welfare provisions in the newly industrialising countries of East Asia and OECD countries. It covers both the service provided by the state, and by various sectors of civil society. Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Tasmania, 1996. Includes bibliographical references. Examines and compares patterns of welfare provisions in the newly industrialising countries of East Asia and OECD countries. It covers both the service provided by the state, and by various sectors of civil society

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