Department of Social Work
Using defamilisation typologies to study the Confucian welfare regime
© 2015, © 2015 Taylor & Francis. Since Esping-Andersen classified the 18 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries into the “three worlds of welfare capitalism” in 1990, the comparative studies of welfare have been dominated by the responses to this study. This paper focuses on two of these responses. The first response is concerned with the gender insensitivity of Esping-Andersen's way of categorizing the welfare regimes. The second response is concerned with the issue that the East Asian countries are under-represented in the 18 OECD countries. To make contributions to these responses, two analytical tasks are conducted. First, we build new defamilisation typologies covering both East Asian countries and OECD countries. Second, we demonstrate that the evidence generated from the typologies suggest that some of the indispensable conditions for the development of a Confucian welfare regime do not exist.
Confucian ideas, defamilisation typologies, East Asia
Source Publication Title
Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy
Taylor & Francis
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Yu, Sam, C. M. Chau, and K. M. Lee. "Using defamilisation typologies to study the Confucian welfare regime." Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy 31.1 (2015): 74-93.