Searching for new policy paradigms in East Asia:
initiatives, ideas and debates

A range of challenges posed through globalisation and social changes have imposed fundamental questions on policy makers and academics that have been under pressure to reconsider conventional approaches in social policy. In addition, the recent global economic seems to reframe existing notions and debates even aroused since the 1980s and 90s. As a result, we can find a range of discussions already searching for new policy paradigms across the world. In many countries, there have been various attempts to reorganise their policies and to innovate them. Some ideas and programmes may have been developed for a long period such as policy measures to encourage social enterprise and localised (or social) economy while others are just reinvigorated from longstanding arguments attracting revived attention, for instance, basic income.

Stream 1: Searching for new policy ideas: concepts and discourses
Stream 2: Poverty, inequality and exclusion
Stream 3: Welfare regime and welfare politics in East Asia
Stream 4: Family policy and youth
Stream 5: Social services and delivery in local community
Stream 6: Social policy, economy, and employment
Stream 7: Tackling ageing society: quality of life in old ages
Stream 8: Urban development and housing policy
Stream 9: Health care reform and health policy
Stream 10: Rehabilitation and disability
Stream 11: Others

Ketnote Speakers

  • Prof. Guy Standing (University of Bath, UK)
  • Prof. Toru Yamamori (Doshisha University, Japan)
  • Prof. Linda Wong (City University of Hong Kong, China)
  • Prof. Huck-Ju Kwon (Seoul National University, Korea)