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Welfare and Inequality in Marketizing East Asia

Author:
London, Jonathan D.

ISBN:
978 1 137 54105 5
Format:
Hardback
Pages:
419
List price(s):
58.00 USD
90.00 GBP
114.99 EUR

Publication date:
25 February 2018

Short description: 

Proceeding from a synthetic critique of political economy, this places welfare and inequality at the center of a more encompassing comparative approach to political economy that construes countries as dynamic, globally embedded social orders defined and animated by distinctive social relational and institutional features.

Full description: 

The world-scale expansion of markets and market relations ranks among the most transformative developments of our times. We can refer to this process by way of a generic if inelegant term - marketization. This book explores how processes of marketization have registered across East Asia's diverse social landscape and its implications for patterns of welfare and inequality. While there has been great interest in East Asia's economic rise, treatments of welfare and inequality in the region have been largely relegated to specialist literatures. Proceeding from a synthetic critique of political economy, this places welfare and inequality at the center of a more encompassing comparative approach to political economy that construes countries as dynamic, globally embedded social orders defined and animated by distinctive social relational and institutional features.

Table of contents: 

Part I.- Chapter 1. Great Transformations.- Chapter 2. Welfare, Inequality, and Marketization.- Chapter 3. Welfare, Growth, and Governance.- Chapter 4. Marketization, Protection, and Inclusive Growth: A New Synthesis.- Chapter 5. Rethinking Welfare Regimes.- Part II.- Chapter 6. Welfare, Inequality, and Varieties of Social Order.- Chapter 7. Developmental Welfare States?: Korea and Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore.- Chapter 8. Welfare, Clientelism, and Inequality.- Chapter 9. Welfare and Inequality in Market Leninism.- Chapter 10. 10. Afterword: Welfare and Inequality in Marketizing East Asia.

Biography: 

Jonathan D. London is Senior University Lecturer of Global Political Economy - Asia at Leiden University in The Netherlands. His recent publications include Politics in Contemporary Vietnam (Palgrave) and journal articles in The Journal of Contemporary Asia, Social Science and Medicine, and The Annual Review of Political Science. He holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin.

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