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Towards a New Poverty Agenda in Asia
Social Policies and Economic Transformation

  • Arjan de Haan - Program Leader, Supporting Inclusive Growth, International Development Research Centre, Canada


September 2010 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
This book describes the role of social policy in the context of globalization and rapidly changing economies and societies in Asia. It compares the social policy experience of a number of countries with a focus on comparing East Asian (China, Indonesia, Vietnam), and South Asian (India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka) models and experiences.

Over the last decade, particularly since the Asian financial crisis, and globalization, extension of social protection to people affected by crisis has been the main theme in national and international policy alike. In comparing the way social policy has evolved and studying its effects in various countries of Asia, the author provides a wide canvas and succeeds in bringing out similarities as well as differences in the individual experiences, while simultaneously providing explanations. His research brings together three separate streams of study in its scope-politics, sociology and economics-to analyse the ground reality of Asian experiences.

 
Preface
 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: SOCIAL POLICY IN AN AGE OF GLOBALIZATION
 
Why Social Policy Matters
 
Globalization: All Boats Rising or Growing Divides?
 
Demise of the State?
 
International Development and Social Policy
 
PART TWO: SOCIAL POLICY REGIMES
 
Latin America: From Corporatism to Liberalism
 
The Short Era of the Developmental State in Africa
 
East Asia: Social Policy's Role in Economic Success
 
South Asian Welfarism
 
PART THREE: CONCLUSION
 
A Normative Framework for Social Policy
 
Annexure: Selected Data on Well-Being and Government Spending
 
References
 
Index

A noteworthy publication and a timely need …. This book is rich in data and comprehensive analysis, and should be of interest to academics, policy-makers, researchers, students and anyone interested in social policies and economic transformation in Asia. While providing deep analyses of the subject areas, the book also provides a good basis for those who are new to the subject, giving them the required background information on the role of social policy in enhancing well-being and social inclusion, and in shaping the conditions for market forces and economic growth in this modernizing and globalizing world.This is an excellent publication which should be read by all interested in the subject.

South Asia Economic Journal

Haan’s book qualifies as a thoughtful addition to development research because it provides us with a rights based frame to assess the social policy space, provides some answers but more importantly, makes us engage with the issues and ask more questions.

The Book Review

'Towards A New Poverty Agenda in Asia' focuses on the need for developing a newer approach towards poverty reduction through transformations in social and economic policies.

Businessworld

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