State parenting: investigating a shift of welfare responsibilities from families to state in East Asia

Hogeling, Rens (2012) State parenting: investigating a shift of welfare responsibilities from families to state in East Asia.

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Abstract:In East Asia; what was the relation between the change in the social value of intergenerational solidarity and the attitude towards the role of the state in welfare distribution during the time period between 1994 and 2006? From the theory on East Asian welfare states we learn that welfare distribution is for a large part based on the family in that part of the world. It seems, however, from the literature that the family ties are weakening as a result of an aging population and changing society. Aging and changing intergenerational solidarity could not only influence the way people look at others in society, but because of the great reliance of family in East Asian welfare distribution, also alter their expectations of the role of the state in welfare distribution. This leads to the research question as stated earlier. Using indicators from the World Values Survey this study investigates the change in intergenerational solidarity and attitude towards the welfare state in East Asia. Countries that will serve as exemplary states for East Asia are Taiwan, Japan and South Korea. The data shows mixed results that do not provide support for a clear relation between intergenerational solidarity and the attitude towards the role of the welfare state in welfare distribution in East Asia.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration BSc (56627)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/61860
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