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The politics of investing in families: comparing family policy expansion in Japan and South Korea

Fleckenstein, Timo and Lee, Soohyun Christine (2017) The politics of investing in families: comparing family policy expansion in Japan and South Korea. Social Politics, 24 (1). pp. 1-28. ISSN 1072-4745

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Identification Number: 10.1093/sp/jxw008

Abstract

Family policy addresses some of the important challenges of post-industrial societies, and it presents an important dimension of the recent transformation of advanced welfare capitalism. This articles analyses the development of family policy in the two East Asian latecomer countries of Japan and South Korea, where we witness significant policy expansion starting in the 1990s – with the latter displaying much bolder expansion and defamilisation. Explaining the difference in policy expansion, we show that the Korean electorate displays a much stronger pro-welfare orientation, which produced an environment for much fiercer party competition on the grounds of social and family policy.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://academic.oup.com/sp
Additional Information: © 2017 The Authors
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2016 12:41
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 06:21
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/68354

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