Defamilisation and leave policies–a comparative study of 14 East Asian and non-East Asian countries

Ruby C.M. Chau*, Liam Foster, Wai Kam YU

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Abstract

This article joins the international debate on whether there is a unique East Asian welfare model. It examines the concept of defamilisation and compares various leave policies (maternity leave, paternity leave and extended parental leave) in five East Asian and nine non-East Asian countries. The welfare index method is used to classify these countries into different groupings. The findings show that the East Asian countries are not always internally homogeneous (being similar in key features), nor are they externally heterogeneous (showing significant differences from the others). Therefore, the existence of a unique East Asian welfare model is still in doubt.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)318-333
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Asian Public Policy
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sep 2017

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration

User-Defined Keywords

  • Defamilisation
  • East Asian welfare model
  • external heterogeneity
  • internal homogeneity
  • leave policies

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