Revisiting the ‘East Asian Welfare Model’ Roundtable

Title: 1273 | Revisiting the ‘East Asian Welfare Model’ Roundtable
Area: Border Crossing and Inter-Area
Stream: Political Sciences
Presentation Type: Roundtable
Regina Enjuto Martinez, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom (organizer)
Jude Howell, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom (roundtable-chair)
Ka Ho Joshua Mok, Lingnan University, Hong Kong (discussant)
Bingqin Li, University of New South Wales, Australia (discussant)
Jie Lei, Sun Yat-sen University, China (discussant)


This roundtable invites discussants to re-examine the validity and ongoing relevance of the 'East Asian Welfare Model' given the new and changing realities of 21st Century East Asia. Key discussants will reflect not only on the continuing relevance of the model to Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, and other East Asian contexts, but also on whether it can be applied to the case of China.

The academic discussion around the East Asian Welfare Model is well-established, and has largely been preoccupied with identifying its features (e.g. Goodman et al., 1998; Aspalter 2006), such as productivism (Holliday, 2000), developmentalism (Tang, 2000), or Confucianism (Walker and Wong, 2005). The validity of the Model has been questioned, given the distinctive social policy characteristics, and the processes of democratization and globalization of some of the countries compounded in it. Moreover, China, a country not originally included in the Model, has undergone rapid economic growth and major systemic change, prompting a spate of welfare reforms. Whether China fits into the East Asian Welfare Model remains an open question.

The following key speakers are invited to this roundtable and will have ten minutes to give their reflections on the theme:

Professor Ka Ho Mok will contribute with his expertise on education and social policy in East Asia and the Greater China region.
Professor Bingqin Li will contribute with her expertise on comparative social policy between Asia and the West.
Professor Jude Howell, a political scientist expert on China’s development and state-society relations, will chair the session.
Professor Jie Lei, from Sun Yat-sen University, China, will join the discussion.



We aim to put together a dedicated special issue for publication.

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