Development, Democracy, and Welfare States
Latin America, East Asia, and Eastern Europe
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Development, Democracy, and Welfare States by Stephan Haggard
Book DescriptionThis is the first book to compare the distinctive welfare states of Latin America, East Asia, and Eastern Europe. Stephan Haggard and Robert Kaufman trace the historical origins of social policy in these regions to crucial political changes in the mid-twentieth century, and show how the legacies of these early choices are influencing welfare reform following democratization and globalization. After World War II, communist regimes in Eastern Europe adopted wide-ranging socialist entitlements while conservative dictatorships in East Asia sharply limited social security but invested in education. In Latin America, where welfare systems were instituted earlier, unequal social-security systems favored formal sector workers and the middle class. Haggard and Kaufman compare the different welfare paths of the countries in these regions following democratization and the move toward more open economies. Although these transformations generated pressure to reform existing welfare systems, economic performance and welfare legacies exerted a more profound influence. The authors show how exclusionary welfare systems and economic crisis in Latin America created incentives to adopt liberal social-policy reforms, while social entitlements from the communist era limited the scope of liberal reforms in the new democracies of Eastern Europe. In East Asia, high growth and permissive fiscal conditions provided opportunities to broaden social entitlements in the new democracies. This book highlights the importance of placing the contemporary effects of democratization and globalization into a broader historical context.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691135960
(229mm x 152mm x 28mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 25-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Stephan Haggard
Economic Crisis and Corporate Restructuring in Korea, Paperback (February 2010)
Comprehensive collection of essays on Korean corporations in the wake of the Asian financial crisis.
Reforming the State, Hardback (January 2001)» View all books by Stephan Haggard
The essays in this volume, first published in 2001, examine fiscal policy-making and providing for social welfare in post-socialist countries.
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Author Biography - Stephan Haggard
Stephan Haggard is the Lawrence and Sallye Krause Professor of Korea-Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego. Robert R. Kaufman is professor of political science at Rutgers University.
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