Risk and Public Policy in East Asia

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  • Edited by Raymond K.H.Chan, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Mutsuko Takahashi, Kibi International University, Japan and Lillian Lih-rong Wang, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
  • Contemporary Asian society is marked by social processes associated with the loss of stable economic growth and high employment; family structures capable of caring for family members in need; and governmental economic and political competence.

    Post-financial crisis job uncertainty and income and labor market polarization have become important issue in Asian societies. Family structures are viewed as have been weakened, with a corresponding rise in divorce and domestic violence. Trust in the government is in decline.

    Against this backdrop it is timely to review three critical issues: 1) policies addressing work-related risks and socio-economic security; 2) changes regarding the structure and stability of families; and 3) issues concerning governance in times of weakened state capacity, declining trust, and the emergence of new politics.

    Containing chapters written by international scholars, this book introduces the concepts and theoretical approaches of risk and risk and governance and places them within the context of Asian societies.
  • Contents: Introduction: risk and public policy in East Asia, Raymond K.H. Chan, Mutsuko Takahashi and Lillian Lih-rong Wang. Part I Risk and Regulation: Concepts and Practices: The relevance of social science approaches to risk for social policy research, Jens O. Zinn; Visualizations of risk and governance: some observations on change, Bridget M. Hutter. Part II Risk and Family Changes: Risks, family, and gender justice in contemporary Japan, Mutsuko Takahashi; Rebuilding the family unit or defamilialization?: the politics of family policy for social risks in South Korea, Naoko Soma; New social risks and family change in Taiwan, Tsung-hsi Fu and Rhidian Hughes; Managing family risks in Hong Kong: how and why, Raymond K.H. Chan; Managing family-related risks in East Asia, Lillian Lih-rong Wang. Part III Risk, Work and Socio-Economic Security: Unemployment and government's role in a risk society: a case study in Taiwan, Fen-ling Chen; Managing risks iduring a financial crisis: promises and fallacies of the productive welfare model in Hong Kong, Raymond M.H. Ngan; Managing or generating new social risks? Labour market changes and the Japanese welfare regime, Junko Yamashita; Comments on socio-economic security in four East Asian societies, Dukjin Chang. Part IV Risk and its Governance: Risk governance in a double risk society: from system failure to unknown complexities, Jaeyeol Yee; Social inequalities in the perceptions of risk and vulnerability: the case of floods in Taiwan, Hsiu-Jen Jennifer Yeh; Risk and the emergence of new subpolitics in Japan, Ki-young Shin; Governance and social risks in East Asian countries: peculiarities and new paths, Jen-der Lue; Index.
  • About the Editor: Raymond K.H. Chan, Associate Professor, Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong; Mutsuko Takahashi, Professor, Graduate School of International Cooperation and Development, Kibi International University, Japan and Lillian Lih-rong Wang, Professor, Department of Social Work & Director, Social Policy Research Center, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
  • Reviews: 'This excellent book should be required reading for students of social and public policy. It breaks new ground by examining the concepts of risk and risk management in an East Asian context. A thorough theoretical foundation at the start provides the reference point for specific case studies, helpfully grouped into integrated sections, which together create a comprehensive picture of the key issues concerning risk and risk regulation in East Asia.'
    Alan Walker, University of Sheffield, UK

    'Risk and Public Policy in East Asia is a welcome addition to the comparative social policy literature. While the economic underpinnings of Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong have been examined, too little attention has been paid to their social innovations. This book reveals the diverse ways these important countries are responding to new (and old) social risks.'
    Rianne Mahon, Balsillie School of International Affairs, Canada

    'East Asian economic developments rather than welfare systems have traditionally formed the focus of scholarly attention on the region. With the development of policies responding to rapid social changes in this region, this stimulating book analyzes public policy in terms of the risk society and is an essential book for all those studying East Asian public policy.'
    Shogo Takegawa, University of Tokyo, Japan