Social Development in Taiwan: Upheavals in the 1990s

  • Yeun-Wen Ku
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 5)


Since the publication of Esping-Andersen’s (1990) book on welfare capitalism, the issue of whether there are, in fact, three welfare regimes in accordance with his classification — i.e. liberal, conservative and social democratic — remains controversial (e.g. Castles and Mitchell, 1992). Since most of the modern welfare states on which Esping-Andersen’s study is based are European, this could prevent his explanation from extending to other cases with very different politico-economic contexts and historical backgrounds, especially those from the dynamic economies in East Asia. Even so, Esping-Andersen’s concept of welfare regime, which refers to the systematic interweaving of state, economy and welfare, remains helpful for analyzing potential and distinctive types of welfare capitalism.


State Welfare National Health Insurance Social Assistance Democratic Progressive Party Social Insurance Program 
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