The South Korean welfare state system

With special reference to the future of social insurance systems

Authored by: Jinsoo Kim , Christina Hießl

The Routledge International Handbook to Welfare State Systems

Print publication date:  January  2017
Online publication date:  January  2017

Print ISBN: 9781472449306
eBook ISBN: 9781315613758
Adobe ISBN: 9781317041085

10.4324/9781315613758.ch27

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Abstract

Korea’s welfare policy has gone through a development no other country has experienced before – a statement which applies not only to social welfare. Korea was one of the poorest countries in the 1960s. But as it concentrated on economic development, it escaped from poverty, and that success was only possible by means of economic policies that were different from those of others.

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