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Welfare and Inequality in Marketizing East Asia

Provides a cutting-edge comparative political economy analysis of welfare and inequality across ten East Asian countries.

Jonathan D. London
18 April 2018
Palgrave Macmillan UK

The world-scale expansion of markets and market relations ranks among the most transformative developments of our times. We can refer to this process by way of a generic if inelegant term – marketization. This book explores how processes of marketization have registered across East Asia’s diverse social landscape and its implications for patterns of welfare and inequality. While there has been great interest in East Asia’s economic rise, treatments of welfare and inequality in the region have been largely relegated to specialist literatures. Proceeding from a synthetic critique of political economy, this book places welfare and inequality at the center of a more encompassing comparative approach to political economy that construes countries as dynamic, globally embedded social orders defined and animated by distinctive social relational and institutional features. 

Jonathan D. London is Senior University Lecturer of Global Political Economy – Asia at Leiden University in The Netherlands. His recent publications include Politics in Contemporary Vietnam (Palgrave) and journal articles in The Journal of Contemporary Asia, Social Science and Medicine, and The Annual Review of Political Science. He holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin.

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