The Ideal-typical Welfare Regime for Asians: A Comparative Study based on Culture and Values

By Jinman Kyonne, Keun-hye Shin, Jihie Moon and Chong Jin Oh.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies

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Although the developed and developing Asian countries achieved a high rate of economic growth, their life satisfaction has been lowered in comparison with that of the Western countries; thus, they began to realize the needs of a social welfare system. In order to design a welfare state, they have explored the different characteristics of ideal-typical welfare regimes: social-democratic, corporatist-democratic and liberal-welfare regime. However, which ideal-typical welfare regime is more profitable for Asian countries based on their own culture and values has yet been studied. Specifically considering that social systems are constructed not only by the change of the economy and politics, but also by their characteristics of culture and values, developing welfare programs in Asia should be the starting point in order to understand the Asian countries’ social welfare regime based on their own culture in a macro-level. This study describes the Asian culture distinguished from that of Western countries; further, the ideal-typical welfare regime for Asian has been suggested. from those of Western countries and the ideal-typical welfare regime for Asian has been suggested.

Keywords: Social Welfare System, Ideal-Typical Welfare Regime, Asian Culture

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies, Volume 8, Issue 3, December 2014, pp.13-24. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: November 10, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 431.843KB)).

Prof. Jinman Kyonne

Professor, Department of Public Administration, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, South Korea

Keun-hye Shin

Professor, Department of Thai, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, South Korea

Jihie Moon

Professor, Department of Dutch, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, South Korea

Chong Jin Oh

Professor, Department of Turkish and Azerbaijani, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, South Korea