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Understanding the politics of welfare reform in Korea : A study of the national health insurance and national pension reforms, 1998-2003

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  • Understanding the politics of welfare reform in Korea
  • Lee, Chang-Gon
  • University of Birmingham


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Title Understanding the politics of welfare reform in Korea
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A study of the national health insurance and national pension reforms, 1998-2003

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Lee, Chang-Gon

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[Birmingham]:University of Birmingham

Date 2015-03
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Health
Social Development < Social Welfare
Social Development < Employment
Holding University of Birmingham

Abstract

This is my thesis that I explored the dynamic process and peculiarities of Korean welfare politics during the Kim Dae-Jung government of 1998-2003, which was the first administration to come to power through a peaceful turnover of political power. To this end, the research focused on the policy making processes of National Health Insurance and National Pension reforms during that period. The thesis analysed these welfare reforms from a more rigorous theoretical framework in order to uncover the key characteristics of welfare politics in Korea. In particular, the key role played by stake-challengers including civil organisations in such policy making process was addressed in detail because these Non Governmental organisations emerged as an influential player against the established stakeholders representing vested economic and political interests. (The rest omitted)