Social protection in East Asian Chinese societies: Challenges, responses and impacts

Peter SAUNDERS, Jingwei Alex HE

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Despite its impressive economic growth, East Asia is faces daunting challenges in mitigating its social problems, including chronic poverty and worsening social inequality. The past decade has seen growing scholarly interest in the development of East Asian social policies not only because of the sheer size of the population and its global impact, but also due to the stark contrast between this region’s economic prosperity and the ongoing issue of severe social inequality. This book presents a collection of studies on aspects of social protection in East Asian Chinese societies, including Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Contributions by leading social policy scholars working in and on the region, aim to further scholarly understanding of the pressures facing social protection systems in East Asia, identify existing gaps, emerging social policy issues and the effectiveness of existing programmes. The evidence presented and insights generated will promote further debate and facilitate meaningful comparative social policy studies in the region and beyond. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Asian Public Policy. Copyright © 2018 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
ISBN (Print)9781138295988, 1138295981
Publication statusPublished - 2018


social inequality
policy studies
Social Problems
Hong Kong
economic growth
public policy
Social Policy


Saunders, P., & He, A. J. (Eds.). (2018). Social protection in East Asian Chinese societies: Challenges, responses and impacts. New York: Routledge.


  • Social policy
  • China -- Social policy
  • Hong Kong (China) -- Social policy
  • Taiwan -- Social policy
  • China
  • China -- Hong Kong
  • Taiwan