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The role of NGOs in welfare delivery : The case of South Korea

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Title The role of NGOs in welfare delivery
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The case of South Korea

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Lee-Gong, Eunna

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[London, U.K.]:Social Policy Association

Date 2011-07
Pages 22
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Social Welfare
Holding Social Policy Association

Abstract

South Korea reformed its welfare policy in the wake of the 1997/1998 Asian Economic Crisis and resultant economic and social problems. The crisis had generated an extensive national public debate over who constitutes the duty-bearer for welfare support. The response was the creation of a new workfare system claimed by the government to explicitly guarantee the right to social security. The paper examines the role NGOs played in establishing the workfare system in South Korea and their later role in implementing the workfare programmes on behalf of the government. It will critically examine, on one hand, how NGOs can play a significant role in advocating the right to social security and the right to work yet, on the other hand, how they can also put constraints on the realization of the rights of welfare claimants once they adopt a role as a quasi-governmental agency.

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Paper prepared for the Social Policy Association Annual Conference 4th - 6th July 2011